When I started traveling to Dubai, one of the first questions that popped up was that, would merchants in Dubai even accept an American Express card? They sure do and here’s a list (and it keeps growing)

This list is useful especially when you’re here in Dubai and you may need to meet minimum spend on your card, use a business or corporate card, reach a signup bonus or to reach status with spend etc., and you really NEED to swipe that AMEX card.

So, here’s the list – where AMEX is accepted in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain and other emirates in the United Arab Emirates:

At the airport:

Marhaba Visa on Arrival Counter

Emirates Potter Service

Dubai Duty Free shops

Costa Coffee

Rideshare:

Uber

Careem

Airlines:

Emirates

SpiceJet

Car Rentals:

Grocery Stores:

Carrefour Hypermarket (not Carrefour Online)

Hotels:

Mostly, all large chain hotels like Marriott, Hilton, Le Club Accor, etc.

Tourist Attractions:

Burj Khalifa

Dubai Frame

Restaurants:

Trader Vics

Peppermill

Salmontini

Yamanote Atelier

Costa Coffee

Nandos

Azkadenya

Omnia Baharat

More Cafe

Zaatar w Zeit

Shake Shack

Little Miss India

And almost all fine dining restaurants

Malls and Department Stores:

Zara

Debenhams

Next

Patchi

Accesorize

Pablosky

Areej

Charles & Keith

Splash

Vero Moda

Stradivarius

Adventure HQ

Daiso

And all majjor brand department stores

Salons:

La Loge Beauty Salon

Hospitals:

Saudi German Hospital

Kids Stores and Play Areas:

Magic Planet

Toy Store

Schools:

Little Gems International

And other GEMS Schools

Pharmacy:

Aster Pharmacy (not all, it worked in the City Centre Shindagha)

Real Estate:

The First Group

Where Visa and Mastercard are accepted (but AMEX is not):

Transit:

Dubai Metro nol

Dubai Taxi

Visa:

Online UAE Visa on Arrival Renewal

India eVisa

US Visa Payment

Online:

Souq.com

Beam

Ebarza

Cell Phone:

Du

Stores:

Union Co-op

W Mart

Aswaaq

Zoom

Threads

Homes R Us

Movie Halls:

Vox Cinemas

Tourist Attractions:

Dubai Garden Glow

Museum of Illusions

Al Ain Zoo

Restaurants:

Most restaurants do NOT accept AMEX (except the ones listed above)

Driving Schools:

Galadari Motor Driving School

Schools:

Nursery

Kids Play Areas:

Little Explorers

Flip Out

Ideally, you should be using your AMEX card with NO foreign transaction fees. Many American Express cards do NOT have a foreign transaction fee (like Amex Platinum, SPG Luxury, SPG, Hilton Aspire, Hilton Ascend, Hilton Honors Card)

To summarize, most small businesses in Dubai mainly accept Visa and Mastercard. Typically, it’s only the large department stores in the malls, fine dining restaurants and the brand hotels that accept AMEX here in Dubai.

Do you know any stores that accept AMEX that are not listed above? Feel free to add them in the comments and I’ll continue updating the list.

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