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UAE: Gas discoveries give boost to Dubai and Sharjah

Natural gas discoveries in Sharjah and Dubai were announced in late January and early February, offering a chance for the UAE to move closer to its aim of energy self-sufficiency. (The Emirates currently import gas from Qatar via the Dolphin pipeline, which is something of an embarrassment given the trade embargo the UAE has imposed on Qatar in all other areas.) The discoveries provide a welcome boost to the economies of the two relatively energy-poor emirates.

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