Hundreds of Abu Dhabi residents without power
A power outage at a residential and office building has left tenants without electricity since Thursday, forcing many of them to find other accommodation in hotels and friends’ homes in Abu Dhabi
A power outage at a residential and office building has left tenants without electricity since Thursday, forcing many of them to find other accommodation in hotels and friends’ homes in Abu Dhabi, reported Gulf News.
According to the residents interviewed by Gulf News on Sunday, the power outage at the 26-storey Bin Arar Tower was caused by a short circuit on one of the office floors, causing a spark that affected the entire building. Electricians were on site when Gulf News visited on Sunday.
“The electricity went out on Thursday afternoon, and since then there have been daily updates by the management of the building telling us they expect the problem to be sorted out but the deadlines have always passed and the power has not come back,” said Byju Pappachan, a resident at the tower, located on Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (Al Najda Street).
“On Friday they [maintenance team] managed to restore the power to the elevators and the corridor lights, but inside the apartments there is no power supply at all, so we don’t have any air conditioning, no lighting, and no gas,” he added.
Pappachan’s wife and three children moved into a hotel. “It became too hot to stay inside the apartment. We cannot open the windows because it’s summer time, and the children cannot sleep because of the heat so we had to go to a hotel,” he explained.
“But even moving to a hotel is not easy because it is costly and we have to take a lot of belongings with us,” he added.
Pappachan said a notice was put up in the building saying that the tenants would be given a daily amount of Dh350 but he is yet to receive any money. “The whole situation is not easy because every day we have to buy food from outside — three meals a day for the entire family, and so far I am spending hundreds of dirhams every day,” he said.
Another resident, Kumar S., who has a wife and two-year-old son, said he initially expected the power to be back by Friday but decided to move into a hotel with his family after a lack of confirmation from the building’s management.
A comment from the building management was not available.