Why do I have to pay for the air con in other people’s apartments?
“As someone who sits on a couple of OA boards, let me explain the charges: Consumption charge: amount of chilled water consumed in your apartment as determined by the BTU meter Demand charge: quarterly charge from the district cooling provider, which represents their fee to supply your building with chilled water Fuel surcharge: calculated based on the consumption of chilled water, similar to what you have on your DEWA statement Meter maintenance charge: cost to maintain the BTU meter, take readings and issue bills.”
“Dubai is a captive market run by monopolies. There is no competition and you can’t switch supplier of cooling or electricity like in many other countries. No competition means they can charge whatever they want without fear of someone undercutting them. You’ve just got to suck it up and carry on paying if you want to live here. Or move home, we all have that choice.”