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UAE: Credit Card Payment for Petrol Approved in Dubai

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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.

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Saudi Arabia: Oil Minister Calls for Downstream Focus

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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.

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Jordan: Local Stations Threaten Strike

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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.

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