By Staff Writer
Rates have more raised by more than triple for foreigners
Abu Dhabi has raised water and electricity rates for expats, partially removing the subsidy in a bid to cut spending amid lower oil revenues.
The Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), which regulates water and electricity in the capital, said water rates would increase to AED 5.95 per cubic metre, compared to AED 1.7 for nationals.
Electricity will cost 21 fils per kilowatt hour for expats and 5 fils for nationals.
A property about 150 cubic metres would incur a monthly water bill of AED892 for expatriates, rising AED 10.55 for every extra cubic metre, ADDC said.
For the same property size, nationals’ monthly water bill will total AED 357, with an added AED 1.89 for extra cubic metres.
Expats’ monthly average for electricity up to 6,000 kWh will cost AED 1,260.
For twice the electricity consumption, 12,000 kWh, nationals’ monthly rates will cost less than half of that of expats’ - AED 600.
Abu Dhabi’s population consists of 1.2 million expatriates, totalling over 75 percent of its population.
The emirate has been hit by lower oil revenues, which make up about 90 percent of GDP.