UAE’s ADNOC to introduce free self-service or pay for help options at petrol pumps

Cars are seen an ADNOC petrol station in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates July 10, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 05 April 2018

UAE’s ADNOC to introduce free self-service or pay for help options at petrol pumps

DUBAI: Motorists in the UAE will soon face charges if an attendant fills up their vehicle’s fuel tank under new service plans announced by oil giant ADNOC Distribution.
But customers can avoid paying the fee if they fill up their own tanks, the Abu Dhabi state-owned company said.
Officials working on the project told Arab News on Thursday that the drive behind the initiative was to give customers “more options.”
Service stations in Abu Dhabi will implement the plans in mid-April while other ADNOC stations throughout the UAE will be offering the premium and self-serving options in the following months.  
Details of the premium fuel service fee have not yet been released.
In 2015 Dubai’s fuel retailers ENOC and EPPCO reversed their decision to offer self-service at fuel pumps through the night just one month after its implementation.

Bahrain hosts meeting on maritime security after Gulf attacks

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Bahrain hosts meeting on maritime security after Gulf attacks

DUBAI: Representatives from more than 60 countries met in Bahrain on Monday to discuss maritime security following attacks on tankers in the Gulf and Saudi oil installations.

The United States, other Western states and Saudi Arabia blame the attacks on Tehran, which denies any involvement.

“We all must take a collective stand... to take the necessary steps to protect our nations from rogue states,” Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa told the meeting.

“This meeting comes at a critical moment in history,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a letter to the meeting’s participants.

“The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, whether by air or sea, poses a serious threat to international peace and security,” he wrote.

“Together, we must all be committed to taking the necessary actions to stop countries that continue to pursue WMD at great risk to all of us,” Pompeo said, in apparent reference to Iran.

Tension between Tehran and Washington has grown since the United States abandoned a multinational deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program last year and reimposed heavy sanctions on the country.

The meeting’s participants belong to the Maritime and Aviation Security Working Group, created in February during a Middle East conference in Warsaw.

“The meeting is an occasion to exchange views on how to deal with the Iranian menace and to guarantee freedom of navigation,” Bahrain’s foreign ministry said on Twitter.

Following recent attacks against tankers in the Gulf, the United States formed a naval coalition to protect navigation in a region that is critical to global oil supplies.

Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, joined the coalition in August. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined in September.

The United Kingdom and Australia are the principal Western partners of the US who have agreed to send warships to escort commercial shipping in the Gulf.