Petrol shortage in Dubai causes chaos
There is an ongoing petrol shortage in Dubai since the beginning of this week. We first got wind of it when the BMW man came to pick up our 535i GT long-termer on Sunday the 17th, which was low on petrol. He headed to our local Emarat petrol station, where he was told they have no petrol, forcing him to look elsewhere.
We didn’t realise there was a problem until we saw a long line of cars entering a petrol station on Sheikh Zayed Road, causing a traffic jam on a side-road. Today, the long lines of cars running on empty can be found at many petrol stations, mostly at Eppco ones.
The National newspaper quotes an Emarat spokesman as saying that 60 out of 170 Emarat petrol stations have run out of fuel due to “logistical problems”, whatever that means. The paper also claims that the petrol company is currently suffering from heavy debts since they buy petrol at international rates in a country that produces it.
The problem will supposedly go away in a few days.