I ask Abdullah bin Jassim Al Mutairi, "What will Emirati money look like in say 20 years, and what would you, if given the power to design it, put on it?"
Al Mutairi would like to add some of the features he found on Islamic coins, like Quranic verses, as well as the face of the founding father of the nation, Late Sheikh Zayed.
“It would be great if we could bring back some of the Islamic design and beauty that once prevailed in our region’s currencies.”
He writes down a verse from the Quran, one that calls on the importance of unity and standing together.
“We could make our currency a journey by including the designs of Islamic coins through time.”
He signs it with his signature, a coin-like image that encompasses his name.
“You know it is me when you see this circle. I have had my own stamped currency for decades,” jokes Al Mutairi.