It is the second time in eight months that the city has been hit by fuel shortages after Emarat cited “technical problems in the logistics supplies of gasoline product in the major reservoirs” in September.
Reports from frustrated motorists began appearing on social networking website Twitter yesterday evening.
Alice Haine tweeted: "So there r 2 petrol stations off SZR without any petrol - pretty funny considering everyone describes the Emirates as 'oil rich'."
Christopher Saul said on the site: "Looks like Dubai's Emarat petrol stations have run out of petrol! Interesting."
And Chezziebird's tweet read: "Well I did say to the man at the first garage 'how can you run out of petrol this is where it grows?!' ONLY in Dubai hey?!"