UAE Using too Much Energy, Price Rises May be Needed, Says Minister

From Al Arabiya

The United Arab Emirates is consuming far too much energy and may have to raise prices to encourage consumers to change, the energy minister said.

“What is sad is that consumption is double or triple the average of the world,” Suhail bin Mohamed Al Mazrouei told Reuters on Tuesday.

Heavily subsidized prices for fuel and electricity give residents in the Gulf little reason to switch to more fuel-efficient cars or limit their use of air conditioning in one of the world’s hottest climates.

A fondness for gas-guzzling 4X4s and shopping malls – including one with a ski slope – has helped make the UAE the globe’s seventh biggest per capita consumer of energy, World Bank data shows.

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