A high voltage electric power station sits on the desert floor at the Dubai Marina.
It produces electricity to homes, hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and other buildings.
Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images.
What is the reliability of electricity in Dubai?
Electricity is provided at a network of 13 substations across the Emirate, and each substation is independently rated.
If the electrical power supply fails, it is usually repaired and the outage is considered to be a failure.
The UAE has more than 1,500 substations and each of them supplies electricity to more than 50,000 homes and businesses.
In a typical week, the electrical supply to Dubai generates around 10,000 megawatts of electricity, according to the UAE’s energy minister, Ahmad al-Mekdad.
However, this can fluctuate significantly depending on the weather.
Some of the substations in Dubai have experienced major outages in the past.
In August, a transformer failed and the entire electrical grid in the city went dark.
It took six days for the grid to fully recover, but it was not repaired.
A similar blackout occurred in October last year, with the power grid in Dubai experiencing around 5,500 megawatts outages for two days.