View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Emirates Suffering from an Energy Problem

“The Emirates have an energy problem. It is not obvious to outsiders, who see in the Gulf a bottomless lake of hydrocarbons. Nevertheless, the tiny kingdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates are struggling with energy.”

“It is not only Dubai, the ambitious city-statelet that is reinventing itself as the Singapore of the region, pumping the wallets of tourists and financiers as its oil wells run dry. The whole region needs more power and, above all, it needs more natural gas to generate the electricity that keeps the lights on, the water desalinated and the air chilled in the hothouse petrodollar economy. Like tigers chasing their tails, the Emirates are in a frantic dash for gas.”

This entire article can be found at:

Carl Mortished, ‘Emirates Get an Early Whiff of a Western Bugbear—Energy shortage’, The Times, October 31, 2007.

Image: Exploring and Producing Gas in Abu Dhabi.