Temperatures are heating up in the Gulf, and Middle Eastern states are smashing monthly electricity consumption records, which had already been comprehensively reset last year. Continued Covid-19 mobility restrictions mean that many of the conditions which pushed up demand last summer remain in place and have lent themselves to the record-breaking start to summer across the region.

Kuwait earlier this month recorded its highest ever demand figure of 15.07GW (MEES, 11 June), while in the UAE Dubai authorities say that over the first five months of the year, electricity consumption is running 10% higher than over the same period in 2020 (MEES, 18 June). In Oman, the annual increase over Q1 is even greater at 12%. Qatar too has set new monthly records for March and April this year. (CONTINUED - 639 WORDS)