$1.6 billion for UAE water and electricity
Northern Emirates promised cash to improve utilities infrastructure
The United Arab Emirates is to benefit from improved water and electricity networks as Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orders a $1.6 biliion spend on infrastructure in the northern Emirates.
New pipelines worth AED1.2bn and an AED500 million power transmission station are to be built, with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority ordered to supply the Federal Electricity and Water Authority with approximately 1,300MW of power, in order to meet forecast demand in the northern Emirates.
Sheikh Khalifa also ordered the construction of a 100km, DHS900million water supply line from Sharja’s Kalba to Dibba, set to provide 23 million gallons of water a day to Fujairah, and 13 million to Dibba, Kalba, Dhadnah and Khor Fakkan. In an attempt to further cover shortages of energy and water in the region, a further pipeline will supply 18 million gallons a day to Umm al Qaiwain.
The announcements follows a visit last month by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to the area in an effort to make sure the needs of its citizens were met.