Power problems

Shortage in the northern Emirates threatening economy

A shortage of electricity supply in the northern Emirates is posing a serious economic threat, a new government report claims.

The findings of a special Federal National Council (FNCcommittee paint a picture of poor planning for growth in the northern Emirates by the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA), which is responsible for providing the bulk of power there, UAE daily The National reported on Wednesday.

About 1,000 commercial buildings in Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah and Umm al Quwain are waiting to be hooked up to the federal power grid, including 500 in Ajman, the report reveals.

In many cases, building owners have been waiting months or even years for electricity.

Yousef Neaimi, an FNC member from Ras al Khaimah who has a leadership role on the committee producing the study, which will be presented to the FNC this autumn, told the paper that FEWA bore much of the responsibility, mainly because developers in the northern Emirates typically had to obtain approval before they built buildings.

Sponsored: Hendrick’s DXB Cucumber Day is fast approaching

This week’s episode of the Time Out Dubai podcast rolls up its sleeves

The al fresco theme park will be opening its gates with a new show

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Newsletters

Follow us