Abu Dhabi Raises Water Use Tariff by 6.6% for Non-Nationals

  • Increase in water price for daily use more than 5 cubic meters
  • Power, water prices remain unchanged for UAE citizens

Abu Dhabi Distribution Co. raised the cost for water use by customers who are not citizens of United Arab Emirates by 6.6 percent starting from Jan. 1, according to a tariff list on the utility’s website.

Residents of the Persian Gulf emirate who aren’t citizens will pay 10.55 dirhams ($2.87) for each cubic meter of water used beyond the level of 5 cubic meters a day, according to the tariff list. The price for water use at that level last year was 9.9 dirhams per cubic meter.

The cost for use of water up to 5 cubic meters a day remains unchanged at 5.95 dirhams cubic meter for non-UAE nationals. Prices for water and power use by nationals remain unchanged.

Middle Eastern oil exporting states are trimming government spending and subsidies for fuel, power and water use as the 35 percent drop in oil prices last year cut state income. The U.A.E., holder of the world’s sixth-largest oil reserves, eliminated subsidies on gasoline and diesel prices last year.

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