UAE cement firms turn to coal

UAE cement firms turn to coal
Published: 25 June 2007

Cement makers in the United Arab Emirates are turning to imported coal to fire as gas is scarce and the petrodollar-fueled building boom shows no signs of letting up.

That is likely to drive world coal prices higher still, producers and traders say.

Home to the world’s fifth biggest gas reserves, the UAE has failed to tap fields quickly enough to meet spiralling demand.