A man tries to start the generator for his shop in Sharjah’s Industrial Area 6. The power
outage has affected many buildings in nearly all of the industrial and commercial areas.
Sharjah: Businessmen and residents reacted furiously to the idea of doubling the electricity tariff in Sharjah and said this would hinder economic activities in the emirate.
"[A] reasonable rate of uninterrupted power supplies was the main reason behind the migration of foreign investments into the UAE... any change in the environment would cause investments [to] depart from the emirate," Ashraf Khalid, an Asian investor and owner of an industrialist firm told Gulf News.
In its power conservation campaign, the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) had said that the cost of producing electricity was double the tariff Sewa imposed on its consumers.
The authority maintains a monopoly over the production and distribution of water and energy in the emirate. In October last year, Sewa had increased tariff on expatriates, commercial and industrial consumers by almost 44 per cent.
It introduced a 30 fils per kilowatt flat rate instead of a multi-layered tariff system starting from 20 fils per kilowatt. The authority said earlier that production of power costs around 60 fils per kilowatt as per Sewa's calculations.
Khalid said that Sewa will probably not be able to impose its cost rate without consulting with the authorities of neighbouring emirates. "Who is going to stay in Sharjah when it doubles the power rate when Dubai or Ajman charges 40 to 45 per cent of the rate.
"Electricity costs between 10 and 20 per cent of the monthly family budget and it would be unfair for residents to accept such a huge increase in power tariff if imposed in Sharjah," Khalid said.
Sewa has not announced a deadline for increasing its power tariff or if such an increase was definite but sources from the authority said that with the current level of debt there is no way out but for Sewa to increase tariff, amongst other tough measures to be taken by the authority.
Another commercial source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said neither the local government nor the federal authorities were willing to subsidise the consumption of power production in Sharjah or bear the difference in costs.
"Sewa cannot continue to buy fuel from suppliers simply because they are not confident about the ability of the authority to pay the bill," he said. He said Sewa has no option but to maintain its scheme imposed on the city on hot days, placing the supply of residential areas and areas with a majority of UAE nationals as top priority.
"Free zones at the airport and Hamriya are still prioritised against supplying power to the industrial areas and areas with non-national majority," he said.
Huzaifa Ahmad, an Arab expatriate resident, said there is a need to consider the establishment of a more efficient power production authority in Sharjah.
"I think an efficient authority that charges users equally would not need to double the tariff at this stage. Even if increasing the current tariff becomes necessary, consumers like me, would understand the decision and would support it," he added.
Are you still being affected by the power cuts? How did you spend your time? Were you able to get through to Sewa? Share your experiences.
Its very strange SEWA so far have not come in media with any statement or any explaination exactly what's going on so far. What are there future plans will this power shortage will continue and how long this will continue. If SEWA has some serious problem they should inform us at least.
Mohammad Shabbar, Sharjah, Pakistan
Added 18:03 May 31, 2010
I am resident of Sharjah and for us the power went off for more than 30hrs. It is surprising to know that the Sewa is not doing anything on this. When the people here are suffering from this situation I was surprised to see all the street lights being lit up at Sharjah university including the decorative ones, isn't pathetic. If the official can control this they could save a hell lot of electricity. They can find alternative by switching off a few lights and cut of the decorative ones and many more. Hope this power outage will be solved soon as this will force people to leave sharjah.
Smitha, Sharjah, India
Added 17:59 May 31, 2010
Well now the power cuts are increasing according hours and sometimes the cuts are 2 times in a day. morning the factories looses the power and evening the residential areas. there is no end to it. when tried to call the number 991, they dont answer. and if they answer they say its a cable problem in your area. Can the electricity department face the problem or not. Can they give correct answers or not. this is a big question. its time when people will start to move towards other emirate. residents pay 70 to 90 Dhs every month even if the power or water is not used. these are mimimum service charges. whats the point in taking service charges when the power cuts cannot be stopped. who is suffering, only the consumers. even if you pay your bills the piwer cuts are there, if you have'nt paid then also the power is cut off due to that. its a question of how much to earn to fulfill all the expenses. NO LIMIT
Anonymous, sharjah, Afghanistan
Added 17:46 May 31, 2010
sewa should cut extra light from the street and i have seen Many shops have extra light in their stores.Sewa should pass the atore with reasonable decoration light. I dont want to mention shop names. And dnot allow shop owner to use light sign board. Only painted sign board allowed. And i hvave seen since last so many years most of the villas has extra light on their villa boundries. Cut them forfew month we can save more electricity. Instead of dark.
waheed, sharjah, India
Added 17:28 May 31, 2010
I think, by declaring this, Sharjah will start losing its investors who will move to anothe remirate like dubai. Plus, residents will also start shifting to Dubai mostly bcz of cheap rents and better services.
Shamel, Sharjah, Afghanistan
Added 17:19 May 31, 2010
Due to power cut people facing lot of difficult one side but other side in high raised building tenants are too much struggling to climb stairs in our building our real estate people took separate money for lift and maintenance purpose but while power cut there is no generator to operate atleast one the lift as we stay in G+3 P+15 floor building near Al Nadha Park same building of sharjah falcon cafeteria and in our family our old age parents suffered lot one day by climbing stairs it may end their life In this regard Sharjah Municipal what action it takes?????????????? Against Real Estate and Property owners and What sharjah govt will answer if old age people die in this circumstance. Like this in our surrounding area lot of high rise buildings are there.?
ana, Sharjah, Philippines
Added 17:02 May 31, 2010
" CRY YOU ARE IN SHARJAH"
saif, dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 16:49 May 31, 2010
SEWA needs to c losely monitor the criminal wastage of the electricity by property developers. These are the newly developed buildings. They keep the lights on on all the floors in all the rooms to rent out or to sell the appartments. In the middle of the night, while the streets are badly lit by Sharjah Municipality in Al Nahda area of Sharjah the roads get partial brightness from these buildings. To have a look GN reporters should visit the Al nahda Park area and witness for themselves, before the GN editor considers publishing my note. I have seen a 50 storey twin tower (adjacent to Al nahda SHJ Ring Road over bridge brightly lit before they sold the occupancy. This information is an eye opener for SEWA.
Rohinton Bilimoria, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 16:41 May 31, 2010
I think the burden would be too great. On May 29, electricity was cut from 12.30pm to 6.30pm and then from 8.15pm to 11.00pm. I feel that Sharjah needs to prevent this or residents will start to move.
Kureshi, Sharjah, Pakistan
Added 15:23 May 31, 2010
increasing the tariff will be an extra finacial burdun over the concumer / tenant, as already we are paying extra amount in the name of Service charges AED 62/. doubling the tariff will encourage consumer to leave the emirates or stop paying the utility bills, as many firms are planning to reduce the salray package for there staff instead of oncreasing. This will be an extra load on the tenant specially in this era of cost cutting.
Anonymous, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:46 May 31, 2010
Street lights are lit during broad day light and there is power cut in residential areas. just enter in Dubai and you will see mirdif city center's parking lit with thousands of tube lights and enter sharjah in darkness. smile you are in sharjah
yogesh, sharjah, Afghanistan
Added 14:02 May 31, 2010
i hv better suggestion
1.cut all unwanted lights from out side houses, glow sign board from shops & decorative lights,
2. limit the usage of power in the houses and industries( not by extra charges).
3.All stadium, park,malls to be controll temperorily untill hot season between june to oct.
4. Also public should think avoid wastage power and water.
need more suggestion invite us.
Mustafa, Sharjah, India
Added 13:54 May 31, 2010
SEWA has got no sense of responsibility , they should know that when the power goes thousands of people and business are getting stuck. It is understandable that this kind shortage and other problems will hit anywhere in the world , but they should at least inform the same in advance so that people can prepare the things accordingly.
Ahmed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:40 May 31, 2010
It seems the present Sharjah power problem is more severe than last year. Has there really been an increase in power consumption in Sharjah? From what we hear, industries are running at lesser capacities than last year. Much more empty flats all around Sharjah compare to last summer. A lot of labour camps are empty and arguably much less number of people living in Sharjah than last year. Is the problem so severe that they have to even switch off the traffic signals? SEWA obviously do not wish to answer any of these questions. Frankly, many things happening related to these power outages do not appear to be logical. Last year Sharjah had similar problems and it disappeared one fine day. How? By looking at todays situation, it is obvious that they did not do anything last year to solve the problem technically. Still the problem disappeared! Let us wait and pray for the wonder again!
Philip, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:28 May 31, 2010
why should residents carry the burden of paying more for less service? improve on your service first, then you can ask for power tariff hike. develop a system that would cater for future population growth so there would be enough power and water supply for all Sharjah residents.
Ice, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:20 May 31, 2010
How predictable this news is after the power failure like last year..I am just wondering that is there any single good reason left to still reside in Sharjah?? How is it possible to increase the tarrif! Oil is getting much cheaper in international market and even when it is 144$ per barrel there was not any problem here but now when it is around 71$ it is getting impossible for the mto pay for it?? Am i missing something?
Why evertime its people/consumers who are blamed by not using it efficently? It is the authorities who give permisson to design the buildings are per HVAC means no ventilation and it will depend on AC only and then they expect people not to use it continously?
Asghal Ali, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:14 May 31, 2010
Things ae going out of control and it seems no one can handle such a drastic situation going on since weeks. yesterday when i finished work i was on my way back to dubai and there was a huge traffic jam right from the garhoud bridge and iwas wondering what had happened. when i called up my collegues i was informed that some of the traffic lights were not working due to the power cut etc.traffic was a nightmare yesterday . i wonder wht time did those residents living in sharjah reach? has any one from sharjah gone to the SEWA office for help besides sitting and calling right from dusk to dawn. i just wish things get back to normal as residents are in pain suffering. the authoritys can come into a compromise if they can share their supplys this is all what can be done now and i also heard that the power cut will last for another 10 days i dont know how far this is true .i think its abt time that the sharjah residents go to gether and speak to the SEWA officers out there. if we are paying a huge amt of money then we deserve a good service .
Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:13 May 31, 2010
Still no comments from Sewa Officials .
Anwar, Dubai, India
Added 12:35 May 31, 2010
Gulf News could provide a link to the government and to SEWA, so that we can make suggestions on how to improve the electricity supply. And what about to tell people about alternative energy we can use ourself if SEWA can't produce enough energy?
Maryam Sor, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:31 May 31, 2010
Due to SEWA, people are suffering too much. I'm sure it will be the boost up for Dubai Real Estate Market. Because almost tenants are staying in sharjah and working in dubai, Its really huge amount of people, and they will shift to Dubai as soon as possible.
Sheheer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:22 May 31, 2010
Now the time has come that authorities cancel all the tenants contracts at once so the expatriates can easily move to other emirates rather than forcibly staying in Sharjah...
Indermohan Kapoor, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:45 May 31, 2010
I used to stay in Sharjah, but now in Dubai. I can clearly say that this is due to inefficiency of the SEWA. I havent yet got back my deposit money - even after cancelling the SEWA connection 8 months ago!
Vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:44 May 31, 2010
I used to stay in Sharjah, but now in Dubai. I can clearly say that this is due to inefficiency of the SEWA. I havent yet got back my deposit money - even after cancelling the SEWA connection 8 months back! You cannot find such a unefficient and irresponsible organisation anywhere in the world. SEWA need to start learning from DEWA!
Vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:42 May 31, 2010
it is sad about Sharjah residents like us. We have been going through so many difficulties like traffic, when rain the floods and now power. When ever I go to pay my sewa bill I have seen there are so many people working there but most of the time they are idling. Only who are working are cashiers. Do we have to bear all these people's expenses. For what?
Ruvini Attapattu, Sharjah, Afghanistan
Added 11:36 May 31, 2010
We know in summer every where in the world there are shortage of power and only solution is to power cut, but there are options to prevent power cuts in residential area and industrial area SEWA has to cut power for street lights made some rules for sign boards, bill boards timings for shops and malls to close and even though if there is need to cut power for residential areas, be informed via news papers along with time table (how many hours of power break down) so resident can prepare thereselves for upcoming powers shortage. i hope SEWA will listen and take some proper action.
Ali Janibi, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:29 May 31, 2010
Agony of Sharjah residents - The kind of service residents are getting back from SEWA after paying 50 -100% more than other emirates charge on electricity bills and a flat monthly service charge of Dhs 70/- when others charge Dhs 15 - 20 .
When Dubai & Abu Dhbai charges 20 & 15 fils, sharjah levies 30 fils per unit on electricity. When some one call on SEWA toll free for not getting the service ,no one bother to pick up the call or immedaitely bangs the phone if some one picks up by mistake .
It is an irony now SEWA thinking of hiking the power tariff due to the production cost. Why other emirates do not have these production cost ? Hope someone can look into the facts and reduce the burden on residents and give quality service when the residents are suffering. Finally left with no choice move out of Sharjah .
Anonymous, Sharjah, Afghanistan
Added 11:20 May 31, 2010
For all the people especially the ones who've moved from other emirates to Sharjah this seems to be the unwelcome surprise. Good Electricity related services would justify a hike but definitely not power cuts. Now Shrajah residents have to pay for being in the dark??? Well, good luck to them all!
Steve, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:17 May 31, 2010
Sharjah is making NO SENSE in saying they want to hike the Water & Electricity charges. Haven't they hiked it up already?? There is nothing to do in Sharjah and the reason people choose to live in Sharjah is only because the cost of living in slightly lower than Dubai. If they hike up the electricity, people won't hesistate to re-locate to Dubai, why drive 4 hours each day in traffic to work from Sharjah, when the cost of living is exorbitant! I have been getting heavy Electric & Water Bills since February 2010, though my consumption has stayed constant thruough out the 4 years I've lived in the same apartment. Plus they are charging me Dhs.22 for Gas even though I do not have a Gas connection and do not use Gas! I made several trips to SEWA- but they didn't justify why I am being charged for GAS! Time to move to Dubai!
Anon., Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:09 May 31, 2010
Realy it is very difficult to stay in Sharjah mainly due to power cut without any notice and nobody is answering the phone in Sewa office.
Madhu, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:04 May 31, 2010
I migrated from Australia to UAE/SHJ to live and do business here. I can see at the momnet that businesses are going down while expenses are going up. May I request the authorities to think about providing support to expatriates and their businesses rather than just increasing various tariffs and imposing penalties. To be honest, I am seriously thinking to migrate to another emirate or leave the UAE for good if the existing business situation does not improve.
Mohammad Kamal, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 11:00 May 31, 2010
We know in summer every where in the world there are shortage of power and only solution is to power cut, but there are options to prevent power cuts in residential area and industrial area SEWA has to cut power for street lights made some rules for sign boards, bill boards timings for shops and malls to close and even though if there is need to cut power for residential areas, be informed via news papers along with time table (how many hours of power break down) so resident can prepare thereselves for upcoming powers shortage. i hope SEWA will listen and take some proper action
Ali Janibi, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:30 May 31, 2010
I don't understand what the problem, as far as I know electric, water and telephone supply is usually a profitable business even you put 1% margin. How come SEWA, from all these years and all these people stayed and doing business in Sharjah, still they do not have profit. WHAT GOING ON INSIDE SEWA?
Sinan Al Alawy, Hatta, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:27 May 31, 2010
I am very concerned about what is happening in Sharjah with the power outage all these days! In my view, residents have to be concerned and authorities have to do whatever to resolve this issue at the earliest. I am sure none of them would be able to bear what the current affected population is undergoing!
Suren, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:15 May 31, 2010
I remember reading similar article last year or just few months back. Isn't this is repeat article, or just a repeat statement from SEWA. Or is it just dejavu'. My heart goes out to sharjah residents. If there is surplus power in neighbouring cities or countries, it can probably be routed to fulfil the requirements.
Manish, Doha, Qatar
Added 10:10 May 31, 2010
I've been living in Sharjah for past 2 years and we are paying Aed 70 as service charge to SEWA in addition to the normal bills. SEWA has hiked electricity tariff last year also. One thing calms me is the dropping rents. With so many appartments vacant already and new buldings getting ready all over Sharjah, if SEWA doubles the electricity charges, Shajrah land lords will have a tough time to get tenants for their buildings, also the commercial and industrial establishments will see only losses ahead.
Joe, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:09 May 31, 2010
Me, my wife & 1 year old son live in a Studio of 400 Sq Ft in Al Nahda since last 8 months. Our current usage is very very moderate. No Hot water, No Iron Box, AC Off in intervals. Washing machine once in a week. My ELECTRICITY BILL is coming on an average AED 550.00 per Month. DO I NEED TO SAY ANYTHING MORE. We have decided to move out from Sharjah upon our contract completion.
David , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:03 May 31, 2010
Exactly what I had expected & commented y'day in my comments on gulfnews's report y'day. There will not be any end to our miseries. Either pay high electricity bills & face power failures Or Leave this emirate & live somewhere else.
Harish, sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 10:03 May 31, 2010
can anybody compare the Electricity&water tariff rate with Dubai or any other emirate?? why only Sharjah need to be increase it again?? whyyy
Shinas, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:56 May 31, 2010
if one is staying in one place ,he/she would be sincere to that place and should do his/her best to help for it's developement and growth.
Expatriates living in SHARJAH and working in DUBAI ,are living there for the simple reason " RENTS ARE LOW " ,and they are enjoying it for long time.
NOW if because of this SHARJAH AUTHOURITIS is suffering loss and unable to grant more CHEAP LIFE ,what they do ?would they keep suffering the loss and obstract the DEVELOPEMENT OF THE EMIRATES ?
on waht grounds ? just to provide them ( expatriats ) more savings ?
WHAT they are doing NOW ,they should have done LONG TIME AGO ...QUALITY LIFE COMES AT A PRICE.............if one is willing to enjoy quality life ,THEY SHOULD BE READY TO PAY.........they (Expatriates ) have NO RIGHT to ask for more and pay less.......this is simply UNFAIR & UNDUTYFULL to the place you are living.
manoj verma, dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:56 May 31, 2010
Please note that increase in tariff will come afterwords first service should be OK
when there is no light there is no one to answer phone call first they should have that courtesy to answer the phone atleast give reasonable answer & for everybody who is not aware please note that SEWA is charging service charges which is approx AED 80 permonth
with all this problem i had decided to move from Sharjah & shift to any other Emirates
Baiju Mehta, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:55 May 31, 2010
In India we have a saying- Three necessities of life- Bread, Clothes and Shelter. But here in UAE it is "ELECTRICITY, ELECTRICITY and ELECTRICITY" as everything revolves around the same. I truly sympathise all the families who have to bear this heat in such hot climate and hope and pray that this issues is sorted out ASAP.
Sumeet, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:54 May 31, 2010
Despite the hike in the charges last year, SEWA has not done anything different this year in protecting its people from power cuts. Understandably the demand may be high, but why only make life easier for some. Within a year or so, history will repeat itself.
Jaideep Khemani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:52 May 31, 2010
Last year SEWA has increased the charges for Expatriates, Commercial and Industrial Consumers and they were forced to accept the hike. Again SEWA intend for doubling the charges? What benefit we got by paying higher charges since last one year? MORE POWER FAILURES, LACK OF QUALITY SERVICE, NO CORDIAL BEHAVIOUR OF THE SEWA OFFICERS WITH ITS CONSUMERS SPECIALLY WITH EXPATS? This is how we have to stay in Sharjah specifically. Is there any organization who can protect all this or we expats will have to suffer like this if we want to stay here?
Yousuf, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:50 May 31, 2010
This is very serious article & it is very strange to have this problem only in one emirate. this sounds so strange & produce many questions starting with WHY???. People are really tired & angry for the very high bills every month + the unreasonable service charges & the very bad quality of all kinds of services & many other factors reflect hard enviroment for all the residents. we love Sharjah & it is a very important part of our life. wish always the best progress for all the Emirates.
Waleed, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:30 May 31, 2010
still i am surprised there is no comment from the authorities.
why people are frusted...........
please help sharjah government
shahazad ali, sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:24 May 31, 2010
Last year Sewa increased it's tariff, life is becoming hard in UAE with many extra charges being added on, you pay for tenancy contracts,you pay extra for electricity,schools are hiking fees without giving quality education,food is getting expensive,what more??????
Um Rayyan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:24 May 31, 2010
For the second week me and my wife and one year old child we are suffering this problem my work conditions forced me to live in residential building near to industrial area and national paints, some time we stay at street go round with car for 4am and at 6am i had to go to my work malls are very crowded fast foods restaurants are closed from the people what we can do, yesterday the electricity had been cut for more than 17 hrs. is that fair can any one resist or live with these conditions I decide to send my family back and ill discuss with my company to transfer me to dubai if not ill give one month notice and ill leave, i have one small question this SEWA source when he is saying that we are giving the priority to areas where Nationals are staying is that fair is that matching with the humanity?
Raed, sharjah, Jordan
Added 09:17 May 31, 2010
I used to live in Sharjah while worked in Dubai till last year. But when SEWA increased their rates last year, I decided to move to Dubai. Why pay so much for electricity to SEWA after suffering from so many power disruptions I thought. Now again in the middle of power disruptions in Sharjah, SEWA is considering price hikes , by doubling the electricity tarrifs! I sympathize with the residents of Sharjah with all my heart. I have been there once and it was sweaty and expensive!
George Lopez, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 09:15 May 31, 2010
Present Electricity tafiff in Sharjah is 50 % higher than Dubai (Sharjah - 30 fils / unit, Dubai 20 fils / unit). Besides, SEWA is charging a service charge of AED 50 (30 for Electricity & 20 for Water) per month, whereas DEWA (Dubai) is not charging such service charges. Considering these higher charges for unreliable SEWA service, Traffic & infrastructure problems, improper rain water drainage facility etc. etc. staying in Sharjah is much expensive .........
Sadiq, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 08:41 May 31, 2010
I think sharjah authorities should involve sharjah police or sewa themselves to cut off power from those houses which are consuming lots of power outside their houses instead of hiking the price switch off all unnecessary lights all over the emirate. Hiking price will not solve the problem educating people is the only way to solve the problem.
B.Qazi, sharjah, Afghanistan
Added 08:40 May 31, 2010
Our request to the authorities, please help us. Sir, we are really suffering, we have small children, babies at home, and they are getting sick due to the unbearable heat. Your help and action in this matter will be very highly appreciated. May Aah have mercy on all of us.
Syed Mansour, Sharjah, India
Added 08:35 May 31, 2010
It is ridiculous for SEWA to increase the electricity tariff as it isalready high and they do nothing to keep the area clean, there is a service charge being charged for what? they also take a deposit for the water and electricity. Now the kids have their exams and it is very difficult to live without electricity during the day and night. I think building constructions should be stopped immediately because as it is there are TO LET boards in the existing buildings all around Sharjah. I think this is a serious matter and it is better to make parks instead of biildings, which obstruct even fresh air for other buildings.
M.D'Souza, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 06:29 May 31, 2010
'Free zones at the airport and Hamriya are still prioritised against supplying power...' I dont think so, at my office in SAIF-Zone, power goes off at 10 AM every morning, and comes back only at 7 PM. We are an IT dependent firm; and once the power goes off, the phones are dead too. There seems to be no alternative but to move out of Sharjah or simply fold up.
Rajesh Soman, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 05:56 May 31, 2010
I wonder why always SEWA thinks of increasing the prices when they run out of electricity. They should be responsible enough to handle such situations than giving trouble to the residents & other business firms. They must realise that with such power outages, the economy of Sharjah is going down.
Sanish Cherian, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 00:37 May 31, 2010
Even as I write this, I am apprehensive of the lights going off at any moment. Within the last seven days we here in Sharjah's second industrial area (particularly near the ADCB branch) have suffered upto 40 hours+ of power cuts(sometimes upto 17 hours at a go).
In my native Kenya, we have weekly power cuts of upto 5-6 hours max. and even these are advertised in the papers so residents are prepared.