Oman has begun testing a fuel subsidy card system to help low earners cope with price increases. Times of Oman cited the Ministry of Oil and Gas as confirming it was “testing the readiness” of the system after pictures of cards issued by Shell were circulated on social media. In February, Oman’s Council of Ministers ordered the freezing of the price of M91 fuel at 186 baisas a litre due to concerns rising prices were negatively impacting low earners and increasing the cost of goods. This followed the country’s removal of fuel subsidies and the linking of prices to global oil movements last year as part of the government’s austerity measures. The card would allow families in the low income group to purchase discounted fuel.