Dubai abra owners honoured for CNG initiative

July 10th, 2008 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 10 (IANS) The state-owned gas major of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emirates Gas, has awarded three abra owners in Dubai for their participation in the new CNG abra initiative, WAM news agency reported Thursday. The three abra - a traditional wooden boat used to ferry people across Dubai Creek - owners were given certificates of appreciation and a cash award of 20,000 dirhams (about $5,450) each during a ceremony held at the Emirates Gas office in Dubai Wednesday.

As part of its efforts to launch a cleaner Dubai, Emirates Gas introduced CNG, or compressed natural gas, in the emirate by converting diesel enginees of three abras into CNG-powered engines.

Ahmed Ali Bazdal, Hussein Ali Hammad, and Abdulrahman Abdalla Ibrahim were the three abra owners who participated enthusiastically by providing their abras and drivers, thus allowing the successful implementation of the project.

Hailing the efforts of the abra owners, Nader Al Fardan, Marketing Manager of Emirates Gas, said: “Emirates Gas appreciates the assistance of these three abra owners, who demonstrated readiness to embrace technology and new systems and contribute to the development of Dubai.”

“Our objective for undertaking the CNG abra pilot scheme was to build a sustainable environment in Dubai. These abra owners were vital components in the success of this pilot project,” he added.

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