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30 May, 2006

Sweaty, thirsty summer ahead

Can the UAE's infrastructure no longer cope with the hordes of people arriving by the hour? First we learn that taps have run dry at the "upper class" (if you swap Buckingham Palace for a Bovis home, maybe) Arabian Ranches:

Mother of two, Mariyam Rezvan, who lives in the Al Saheel area of the sprawling Ranches, said she had no running water for five days.

"I'm sending my children to Mall of the Emirates to use the toilet, and to a friend's house so they can shower," Rezvan who owns a Dh2.3 million villa said.


And now Sharjah appears to be running out of electricity:

Sharjah: People living in Maysaloon are suffering from recurring power cuts and parents are using their air-conditioned cars as temporary homes to help their children beat the heat.

The electricity keeps getting cut off for very long periods since the past year, said a resident. "We wet the floor tiles and lie on them to keep cool during the hot afternoons," said C. Surendran, living on Street 25.


Time to start hoarding candles and bottled water.

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24 Comments:

Blogger Shaper85 said...

Looks like I left the UAE just in time..

30 May, 2006 07:46  
Blogger rummyjohn said...

Many many years ago, back before the advent of electricity in Oman (actually, prior to 1975), labourers used to douse they mattresses in water and drag them outside in order to cool off enough to fall asleep on summer nights. Needless to say there were many cases of pneumonia in the middle of summer.

30 May, 2006 07:55  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

I used to live in Abu Shagara, in a horrid apartment known as The Sharjah Sh!thole. Power blackouts (technically brownouts, but temporary 100% loss of electricity) were common all summer. Being trapped in the lift for several hours isn't funny. I moved elsewhere as soon as possible.

And yet despite this obvious shortage of supply, developers continue to throw up towers in an already overpopulated district.

How does the UAE plan to provide enough electricity, and indeed to desalinate enough water, for the future enormous population? What about when the fossil fuel resources run low and become inordinately expensive?

30 May, 2006 07:57  
Blogger unJane said...

on a separate note - sharper85, your avatar is too much for 8am. Please confine yourself to posting after midnight.

30 May, 2006 08:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like situation just got worse. June a day away and I'm all jittery about last year's power outage on a Thursday, is it next? Before that happens, I'm chilling my beers, just in case I need to chill out on a Thursday or a Friday or a...any day :-)

30 May, 2006 08:51  
Anonymous click310 said...

Considering that Dubai and Sharjah are really humid
one of these might be a solution

BTW this deserves a video

30 May, 2006 09:33  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

@Grumpy goat

I remember days like that! I used to live in Sharjah before I moved to Dubai and during powercuts my grandmother would cool off in the bathtub while my sister and I would try and cool off with ice cubes. If my parents were home, we'd just go for a drive with the A/C on until power returned.

I think the UAE wants to make sure that they are at, or quite near to, maxiumum capacity in terms of providing electricity and water because having extra capacity would be costly if it wasn't being utilized. However, as this article shows, sometimes the demand increases too quickly and exceeds available supply, especially with the temperatures rising and everyone leaving their A/Cs on 24/7.

@unjane

I shall change my avatar just for you then :P

30 May, 2006 10:41  
Blogger The Wanderer said...

Unrelated, but internet censorship of many countries discussed on the BBC website

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5024874.stm

SD, you are once more in the spotlight:)

30 May, 2006 11:11  
Blogger marwan said...

New Dubai: Accurately recreating the Old (Third) World.

30 May, 2006 11:35  
Blogger Alex said...

Can anyone spell "solar power, stupid"?

30 May, 2006 13:34  
Blogger rummyjohn said...

perhaps friendly Iran could hook Dubai up to their grid... which I hear will soon be flowing with an overabundance of power.

30 May, 2006 13:42  
Blogger Stolen Dubai Diary said...

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Stolen Dubai Diary

30 May, 2006 14:31  
Blogger Seabee said...

Shaper, you have the answer. In my first stint here the seventies we had frequent power cuts - nothing changes - so it was into the car with the a/c & radio on until power was restored.

30 May, 2006 17:27  
Blogger Minkey Chief said...

If not all solar power, why not AT LEAST solar water heaters? Hmmm, but could you have solar water heaters for an entire block of flats?

30 May, 2006 20:42  
Blogger Stolen Dubai Diary said...

Thanx SD for enrolling me in the UAE blog commity, but why am i down as a creative blog??

30 May, 2006 21:18  
Blogger secretdubai said...

"Creative" includes vlogs and phlogs and so on, and you have heaps of (great btw) videos up. However if that's not what you plan to be blogging mainly I can move you to UAE?

30 May, 2006 21:36  
Anonymous Vybe said...

Btw SDD, nice pic of the totalled Lambo...i think i've often seen that guy cruising around and given his number plate i think he'll be up and running in a Ferrari soon enough

31 May, 2006 14:23  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

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31 May, 2006 18:41  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

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31 May, 2006 23:22  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

Off topic:

Interesting read though http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060531/wl_mideast_afp/uaesocietynative_060531150126 . I hope that link comes out alright.

P.S. Secret Dubai, it would be nice if you had a chatbox on the page so we wouldn't have to threadjack to post stuff :)

31 May, 2006 23:23  
Blogger unJane said...

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01 June, 2006 00:05  
Blogger unJane said...

@ shaper85 thanks ever so~ much easier on the eyes!

01 June, 2006 00:09  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

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01 June, 2006 01:14  
Blogger Earthbound Misfit said...

Click Here< or you might go blind

01 June, 2006 01:20  

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