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Up to 90% of Sharjah hit by power blackout

Large parts of emirate affected by latest power cut as network struggles to cope.

Up to 90 percent of Sharjah was without power for hours on Monday evening as businesses and residents suffered one of the worst blackouts yet.

From 3-7.30pm, huge parts of the emirate were without electricity with the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority blaming the disruptions on cable maintenance work and warning that power may not be fully restored until Eid, Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.

Power was later returned to about 80 percent of Sharjah with most industrial zones back in operation by 9pm, the paper reported.

Industrial areas 1, 3, 11, 13, 17 and Muwaileh have been experiencing power outages for the last 28 days with economists estimating Sharjah is losing between AED5-7 million a day with up to 35 percent of workshops and small businesses affected.

Many residents had spent the afternoon and evening outside their homes where air conditioners and coolers had cut out.

Others took to their cars to keep cool but were stuck in long queues as cars backed up at intersections where traffic lights had been knocked out.

Police officers directed traffic and helped volunteers distribute dates and juice to motorists for Iftar.

A Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority official, who asked not to be named, told the paper that engineers were replacing cables to improve the network’s capacity to deliver a high load of power required in the summer months.

“We can’t say right now when exactly the problem will be solved completely in industrial areas, but we hope it would end before Eid days,” he added.

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Holy Father 10 years ago

Today morning at 7.50 am when i was driving from Sharjah - Dubai, i was shocked to see the street lights were still ON...How can when so many people are suffering due to lack of power, the authorities can be so irresponsible??? Strict action should to be taken on those who are accountable...

MJR 10 years ago

This is the last straw. With no response whatsoever from SEWA, do you expect people to stick around in Sharjah. With rents in Dubai coming down, it wont be much time before the exodus starts from Sharjah back to Dubai. Sharjah will lose out on Rental revenue they get as a percentage when you renew contracts every year in addition to the other SEWA related revenue. A government cannot keep silent and not respond to its residents problems.

KMY 10 years ago

Even dubai also need to take action to switch off the lights on road atleast after 6.00 am in the morning. I have seen on many occassions, some residential and commercial buildings near to the Al Nahda and Al Mulla area, the lights kept on, in the after noons. The authorities should seriously look into it to avoid shortage of electricity in the future like we have in Sharjah

Mohammed Amer 10 years ago

I can understand if a third world country having problems like these.. but not a developed country like sharjah. I have been trying to call 991 hoping to get a decent reply.. We all know there is a problem... at least the customer service should have some courtesy when speaking. I seriously feel the Shaikh of Sharjah should put some pressure on SEWA... Hats Off to Shaikh Mohammed for his execellent leadership. Dubai should be proud to have such a person...

Karan Kalra 10 years ago

If the government updates us on when the power is going to be cut, maybe we can safe guard ourselves or invest in alternate solutions like Inverters and UPS systems. Over this past week my Sharjah office has lost a bit of data due to the uninformed power cuts! who is accountable for this? Had the government notified us about the power cuts, we would have installed an Inverter and UPS system that would have protected our data and work. Very Disappointing

ahmed 10 years ago

Millions spent on 'preserving' culture...old forts...historical buildings...Guys!...wake up!..we need power first...when will the priorities get right?why this arrogance?

Duval 10 years ago

Whats wrong with the leaders of Sharjah do they not care. No roads. No electricity. No water. It is the worst emirate of the whole UAE and they just keep getting it wrong !!!