When the entire city experienced an unprecedented power failure that lasted for more than eight hours, residents, traders and office goers adopted different methods to cope up with the summer heat and the related stress.

By V.m. Sathish (Contributor)

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Published: Fri 10 Jun 2005, 2:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:20 PM

As soon as power went off in the morning by about 10 am, employees in various trading enterprises and private companies came out to take shelter in the shade provided by buildings and trees. As the air conditioners, lifts and other electrical appliances did not work most families were confined to their rooms. Some of them took temporary residence inside their vehicles, switching on the air conditioners.

"We are sitting inside the car, because it is too hot outside. In the office there is no A/C," chorused three employees in Deira. Some of the shops and establishments, which were using generators to run air conditioners, had a tough time regulating pedestrians who rushed to these oases in the concrete jungles. "Some of the supermarkets which were having air conditioners had to down shutters because people rushed to the shops to escape from the summer heat.

Big traders who deal with perishable goods like meat and vegetables had to transfer their stock to Sharjah, where they have other outlets. Families with small kids and aged people were the worst affected. In Dubai Media City, some people had to be evacuated from the jammed lifts," said sources.

Some people took asylum with their friends and relatives who reside in the neighbouring Emirates. Even though motorists had a tough time to cross-junction after traffic signals went off due to power failure, the dedicated service of Dubai Police to regulate traffic in almost all the signals was highly appreciated by the general public.

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