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Back Again

Posted on the 27 June 2011 by Seabee
Sydney was 21C, sunny, with crystal clear air when I left.
Dubai today will reach 44C the weather forecast said, and even with only 24% humidity the air is thick with 'haze' - cement dust and sand.
Some difference.
The fun story while I've been away was, I thought, the ENOC/EPPCO no petrol saga. It's just such a typical story from this part of the world.
No petrol available from two of the largest petrol station operators in one of the world's largest oil producing countries.
The demonstrably ridiculous 'reason' given by the companies - upgrades of the outlets which everyone could see wasn't actually happening.
Followed by the usual 'disappear and say nothing' PR strategy.
Under that policy, the Sharjah government deadline to explain the situation was ignored.
The Sharjah government shuts down the outlets.
Still no comment.
So what happens next?
Let me guess. ADNOC replaces them as the supplier in the northern emirates.
Being an Abu  Dhabi outfit they have government oil revenues behind them - unlike ENOC/EPPCO which have the Dubai government behind them - so the payment of the subsidies shouldn't be a problem. And EPPCO/ENOC get rid of the losses that were being racked up on every litre of petrol they sold in the northern emirates.
A conspiracy theorist would say that was the plan all along.

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