Electric appliances are often a vital part of a home’s energy efficiency and even though the UAE government has cut power to more than 30% of the country, it still allows residents to use electricity from the grid for their appliances.
Dubai’s electric appliance market is estimated to be worth around $100 billion, according to research firm Lux Research.
The UAE is known for its energy efficiency, and the country has the lowest number of electric appliances per capita in the world.
In 2016, Dubai cut power for more than 2.6 million households, resulting in a drop in household energy consumption by an average of 1,500 kilowatt hours.
However, as the UAE is not an electricity hub, there has been a spike in demand for electricity from local generators, especially as the number of new residents arriving in the city has surged.
Despite the reduction in power, many people have continued to plug in their appliances, which is part of the reason why many of them have been temporarily shut off for testing.
Electric appliances in Dubai are often sold for less than their cost, according the Dubai Electricity Authority.
On Thursday, the Dubai Authority cut power in a few areas, including the capital’s airport, to test the electrical stability of power lines.
The power cuts have been temporary, and residents have been allowed to plug-in appliances at home.
After the power cuts, some of the residents who had power for a few hours had it restored by the authorities.
As part of its energy audit, Dubai Electricity authorities have also stopped providing electric power to residents in some areas.
Some residents in the eastern suburbs of the capital have complained of power outages and delays at various parts of the city, while others reported blackouts at their homes.
Meanwhile, the Emirates Electricity Regulatory Authority has banned the use of electricity to power electric vehicles in Dubai.