Currencies of Asia.

The 12 Strongest Currencies Of Asia

With a population of nearly 4.7 billion people, the Asian continent is home to an astonishing 59% of the world's total populace. In turn, this means Asia's economy is one of the largest and most diverse, spanning numerous countries and cultures. While market volatility and stability define many global economies, Asia's wide-ranging currencies reflect regional economic prosperity and growth. Based on recent 2022 data, this article looks at the 10 Strongest Currencies of Asia. 

1. Kuwaiti Dinar  

Kuwaiti Dinar
A banknote of 20 Kuwaiti dinars.

Kuwait's official currency is not only Asia's strongest currency but the one with the highest global value. Indeed, the Kuwaiti Dinar is more expensive than the Euro, the British Pound, and the United States Dollar! For one Kuwaiti Dinar, an equivalent of $3.25 American dollars can be obtained, or conversely, one American dollar fetches only 0.30 Kuwaiti Dinars. This oil-rich nation takes advantage of its wealth for one of the world's most prized currencies. 

2. Bahraini Dinar  

Bahraini dinar
Portrait of the Ahmad Al Fateh Islamic Centre on the Bahraini 20 Dinars banknote.

The Bahraini Dinar is not just one of Asia's strongest currencies but also closely ranks behind Kuwait as the world's second most valuable money. This local monetary juggernaut is indeed one of the region's most sought-after currencies, with one Dinar equalling $2.65 American dollars. Introduced in 1965, the Bahraini Dinar was issued to replace the former Gulf Rupee. Bahrain's economy benefits from strong banking, financial, construction, and petroleum export sectors. Petroleum alone accounts for 70% of the Bahraini government's revenue. 

3. Omani Rial 

Omani Rial
Portrait of Sultan Haitam bin Tarik of Oman on the 20 Omani Rial banknote.

Oman's Rial shares a nearly identical value to the Bahraini Dinar, and one Rial equals roughly $2.60 American dollars. Historically Oman used Saudi Arabia's Rial as their currency until the Omani Rial replaced it in 1972. With one of the world's most high-income economies based on oil wealth, Oman is also amongst the oldest Arab nations in the Middle East.

4. Jordanian Dinar 

Portrait of Jordan King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein on 50 Jordanian Dinar banknote.

In circulation since 1950, the Jordanian Dinar is Asia's fourth most valuable and stable currency. With an exchange rate of one Dinar equivalent to $1.41 American dollar, Jordan's currency is also highly prized in countries with weaker economies. In some African nations, just a few thousand Jordanian Dinars will equal millions. Apart from Jordan, the Dinar is also widely used in the Palestinian West Bank. 

5. Brunei Dollar 

Brunei dollar
1 Brunei Dollar banknote with the protrait of Simpor Bini (Dillenia suffruticosa), Sultan Hassan al-Bolkiah in military uniform.

The small nation of Brunei is home to a population of only 460,000 yet boasts one of Asia's strongest currencies. Introduced in 1967, the Brunei Dollar is considered on par with the Singapore Dollar (1 Brunei Dollar = 0.73 USD), giving the country lucrative access to global markets that other small nations do not. Brunei Dollar began circulating in 1967 and the role of the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam is to distribute the currency and manage the monetary policy. The value of Brunei's dollar has benefited immensely from the nation's oil exports. Brunei has further positioned itself as a booming center for international travel.

5. Singapore Dollar 

singapore dollar
Portrait of Yusof bin Ishak, the first President of the Republic of Singapore, on a 50 Singapore Dollar banknote.

Singapore is one of the world's fastest-growing economies and is a major trading hub and an investment center for many foreign investors. The Singapore Dollar (= 0.73 USD) was first introduced in 1967 and earned its spot in the most sought-after currencies in Asia. In recent years, Singapore has positioned itself as one of the most valuable trading hubs of the world. Numerous multinationals have established operations in the country. The strong economy has boosted the currency's value.

7. Azerbaijan Manat

Azerbaijani soldiers holding flag, Khudafar stone bridge. Portrait from Azerbaijan 500 manats 2021
Azerbaijani soldiers holding flag and the Khudafar stone bridge featured on the Azerbaijan 500 manats banknotes.

Azerbaijan's Manat is currently value at 0.59 USD. In recent years, Azerbaijan's currency has remained relatively stable and continues to be one of Asia's most used and robust currencies. The country's transition to an oil-based economy in the post-Soviet era greatly contributed to strenghtening its economic condition and boosting the power of its currency.

8. Turkmen Manat

Turkmen Manat
Gorogly Beg Turkmen. Portrait from Turkmenistan 20 Manat 2012 Banknotes.

The Manat replaced the Russian ruble in Turkmenistan on November 1, 1993. Manat was the word used to refer to the Soviet ruble in Turkmen and Azeri. Turkmenistan has been identified as having a rapidly growing economy. The country prides in massive oil and gas resources and through intensive agriculture in irrigated regions, it has been able to transform its desert territory into a top producer of cotton and wheat. The Central Bank of Turkmenistan is empowered to distribute the Turkmenistan Manat which is valued at USD 0.29.

8. Israeli Shekel

Israeli 20 New Shekels (2017) banknote, Israel money close up.
Israeli 20 New Shekels (2017) banknote.

Israel's Shekel is currently in its second itineration, replacing the old Shekel in 1986. This Israeli currency is used not only in Israel but across the occupied Palestinian territories. As one of the Middle East's (and, in turn, Asia's) leading developed nations, Israel also boasts the world's 29th largest economy. Currently, the Israeli Shekel is Euro 0.24 or USD 0.29.

10. Saudi Riyal

Large fragment of the obverse side of 500 five hundred Saudi riyals banknote features Kaaba in Mecca and portrait of king AbdelAziz Al Saud series 1438 AH, Selective focus of Saudi Arabia currency
A fivw hundred Saudi riyals banknote featuring Kaaba in Mecca and the portrait of king AbdelAziz Al Saud.

The Saudi Riyal is, not surprisingly, one of Asia's strongest currencies, given the wealthy nation to which it belongs. Saudi Arabia hosts one of the world's largest oil reserves. However, the country is also trying to diversify its economy in recent times to reduce its dependance on oil. It has also made its rules less stringent over time to encourage tourism and business from foreign countries.The Saudi Riyal is worth USD 0.27.

10. UAE Dirham

One thousand Dirhams banknote of the United Arab Emirates.

The Emirati dirham circulates in the United Arab Emirates, and it is made up of 100 fils. It was unveiled on May 19, 1973, as the replacement of the Qatar and Dubai riyal. The UAE boasts the second biggest economy in the entire Arab world. Oil drives the country's economy although it has implemented many efforts to diversify its economy. The Emirati Dirham is worth USD 0.27. The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates is in charge of the country’s monetary policy.

10. Qatari Riyal

A Qatari Riyal banknote.

The Qatari Riyal formally replaced the Indian rupee in 1966. The high value of the Qatari Riyal is attributed to its lack of inflation and its stability as witnessed in recent years. Qatari Riyal is broken down into 100 dirhams and is abbreviated as QR. The country’s economy is reliant on liquefied natural gas as well as petroleum. These two resources make up 60% of Qatar’s GDP, approximately 85% of export returns, and over 70% of the government’s revenue. The Qatar Central Bank retains the power to distribute the currency which is worth USD 0.27.

Across various cultures and geographies, Asia's economies and respective currencies reveal an abundance of diversity. These ten strongest currencies ranging from the Middle East to the Indian Ocean, each tell a story of regional economic well-being and the power of international trade. 

Rank Country Currency Worth In USD
1 Kuwait Kuwaiti dinar 3.25
2 Bahrain Bahraini dinar 2.65
3 Oman Omani rial 2.60
4 Jordan Jordanian dinar 1.41
5 Brunei Brunei dollar 0.73
5 Singapore Singapore dollar 0.73
7 Azerbaijan Azerbaijani manat 0.59
8 Turkmenistan Turkmen manat 0.29
8 Israel Israeli new shekel 0.29
10 Saudi Arabia Saudi riyal 0.27
10 United Arab Emirates UAE Dirham 0.27
10 Qatar Qatari riyal 0.27
13 Malaysia Ringgit 0.22
14 China Chinese Renminbi (yuan) 0.14
15 Hong Kong Hong Kong dollar 0.13
16 Tajikistan Somoni 0.098
17 Maldives Maldivian rufiyaa 0.065
18 Turkey Turkish lira 0.054
19 Taiwan New Taiwan dollar 0.032
20 Thailand Baht 0.028
21 Russia Russian Ruble 0.017
21 Philippines Philippine peso 0.017
23 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstani som 0.012
23 India Indian Rupee 0.012
23 Bhutan Bhutanese ngultrum 0.012
26 Afghanistan Afghan afghani 0.011
27 Bangladesh Taka 0.0097
28 Nepal Nepalese rupee 0.0077
29 Japan Yen 0.0072
30 Pakistan Pakistani Rupee 0.0045
31 Yemen Yemeni rial 0.0040
32 Sri Lanka Sri Lankan rupee 0.0027
33 Kazakhstan Kazakhstani tenge 0.0022
34 North Korea North Korean won 0.00110
35 South Korea South Korean won 0.00075
36 Iraq Iraqi dinar 0.00068
37 Lebanon Lebanese pound 0.00066
38 Myanmar Kyat 0.00048
39 Syria Syrian pound 0.00039
40 Mongolia Mongolian togrog 0.00030
41 Cambodia Cambodian riel 0.00024
42 Uzbekistan Uzbek soum 0.000089
43 Indonesia Rupiah 0.000064
44 Laos Lao kip 0.000058
45 Vietnam dong 0.000040
46 Iran Iranian rial 0.000024

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