Gas cylinders in Sharjah will cost more beginning today (February 7). A 11-kg gas cylinder will cost Dh64 up from Dh58; a 22-kg gas cylinder Dh128 up from Dh117; and a 44-kg cylinder Dh250 up from Dh234.
According to a report in 'Emarat Al Youm' this is the second hike this year. Earlier the prices were increased in January second week. Until then the small-sized cylinders were priced at Dh48; the medium-sized ones were Dh100 and big cylinders Dh180.
Thus the rates have seen an increase of about 28-39 per cent in a month.
Mohammed Saleh Al-ka’ar representative of supplying companies at Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD) attributed the increase to rising gas prices globally.
Meanwhile, SEDD said that it had studied carefully the move by supply companies in the emirate and the increase is justified.
Ali Fadhel, Head, Trade Protection, SEDD, said: "The price hikes were not random and were based on increases by suppliers and the cold weather conditions across the world."
However, consumers and restaurants in Sharjah said this will increase to their burden. Mahmoud Moussa, Director, Cafetaria, Al Jubail station, said: “The increase will negatively impact on consumers and restaurants."
Mohammed Abdul Rahman - a contracting company employee - said measures to control market manipulation must be implemented immediately and discrepancies between various distribution companies must be looked into.