The Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection of the United Arab Emirates has approved a request from fuel marketers to accept credit card payments. The renewed availability of the payment method, announced by Undersecretary at the Ministry of the Economy Mohammed Al Shehhi (pictured), is subject to a Dh2 commission charge on each transaction.
Woqod's Vice Chairman, Mohammed Turki Al Soba,expects to add four new technical check-up centres across Qatar after a recent report showed an 11.3% increase in business. A record 407,537 vehicles were technically inspected by the designated authority, Fahes (a Woqod subsidiary), in 2011.
Audi Arabia's Oil Minister has said that the country must reduce its reliance on exporting crude oil and develop its downstream sector to protect against market volatility. Speaking at a downstream industry conference, Ali al Naimi (pictured) said that substantial shifts in oil prices meant that the commodity cannot provide sustainable national income - even for the world's top crude exporter.
A number of fuel service stations in Jordan have threatened to strike, stopping orders from Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company (JPRC) amid a dispute with the country's sole fuel supplier. Gas Station Owners Association (GSOA) President Fahed Fayez told local media that station owners will cease taking deliveries from JPRC trucks on Sunday unless outstanding issues are resolved by Thursday.