Navigating the electrical landscape in the UAE can feel like a jigsaw puzzle – especially when each Emirate has its own state-affiliated provider.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

This article will illuminate your path towards understanding the UAE’s electricity suppliers, ensuring your move is electrifyingly smooth.

Electricity Providers in the UAE

There are several different electricity providers in the UAE, and all of them are partially state-owned. These electricity providers are distributed all over the UAE. Every one of these providers is responsible for an emirate.

Hence, you do not have much of a choice when choosing your electricity provider in the UAE. 

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Dubai electricity and water authority is the sole electricity distributor within the city of Dubai. This distributor was formed back in 1992 by the then ruler of Dubai and since has grown to become of the best distributors of electricity and water in the world. 

Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority

Sharjah Electricity, water and gas authority provides electricity and performs other functions in the emirate of Sharjah.

This authority was spearheaded and founded by the Ruler of Sharjah and supreme council member Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi.

This authority is tasked to produce new electricity generational units and check distribution methods and transmission lines as well for the whole of Sharjah. 

Emirates Water and Electricity Company

The Emirates water and electricity company is responsible for distributing water and electricity within the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It makes sure that these utilities are provided without any hassles/issues. 

Al Ain Distribution Company 

Al Ain Distribution Company provides and distributes water and electricity in the eastern region of the UAE, primarily in Al Ain. One of the most densely populated regions in the UAE. 

Renewable Energy Providers in the UAE

Many projects are going on in the UAE, which is promising in terms of harnessing renewable energy resources. Some of the best renewable energy sources, like solar energy, are captured using solar panels, which have photovoltaic cells. These cells have specialized conductors, which help them to change sunlight into electricity. 

The UAE sees a lot of sun during the year, with few rain showers. Thus, with most days being sunny and clear, the residents and the government can benefit from Solar Energy.

Currently, the UAE is working on several large-scale projects where they will line up entire deserts with solar panels to power whole cities.

One such example is Masdar City in the UAE, which produces around 18,000 megawatts of electricity using photovoltaic cells. This city is just an example of the progress the UAE has made in terms of renewable energy. 

How can you pay your electricity bill in the UAE?

Most of these electricity providers allow you to pay your electricity bills online using different credit or debit cards.

Moreover, they have specialized portals where one can pay off their bills without having to leave their home.

Apart from this, you can set up a direct debit account from which your bills will be automatically paid off without you having to intervene if the account has money.

If you want to pay through cash or cheque, you can also do that at the distributor’s offices

How much does 1 kWh hour cost in UAE?

The rate for private usage in homes is around AED 0.3 per kilowatt-hour, and for businesses, the cost is around 0.366 for per kilowatt-hour of electricity. 


As we power down this guide, it’s clear that while your choice of providers is determined by your Emirate, the state-backed services ensure a consistent, high-quality supply.

So you can put your mind at ease and enjoy the vibrant life in the UAE, with the comfort of reliable and affordable electricity.