Petrol stations turn away motorists


By Derek Baldwin and Aya Lowe

The flow of petrol has been stemmed yet again as some fuel stations in Sharjah and Dubai turn away customers from locked pumps without explanation.

Dubai petrolOn the heels of more than a year of periodic fuel shortages at stations, one frustrated driver told an Arabic newspaper he had been searching for two days for an open petrol station in the Al Khan and Tawuun areas of Sharjah to no avail.

Another motorist told Gulf News yesterday morning that he visited four locked-down gas stations in Sharjah and Dubai before his Toyota Camry ran out of fuel, forcing him to abandon his car on the roadside, flag down a taxi, fill a jerrycan at an open petrol station, return to his car and then finally stumble into work 90 minutes late.

“I am very upset, the petrol companies really need to sort this out,” said the motorist.

Attendants at the Eppco station on Shaikh Zayed Road near Dubai Internet City told Gulf News they had no idea why some pumps were closed.

Officials with Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) as well as Emarat could not be reached for comment by press time.