As Ramadan approaches, there is a unique trend that is about to engulf the entire Middle East – a rise in food consumption. In the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there is a second trend that is equally eye-catching – a spike in diesel consumption.
In Saudi Arabia, diesel is used extensively as a fuel for transportation and for electricity generation. As people entertain more during Ramadan, they use more air conditioning, hence more electricity.
This year, the seasonal jump in electricity consumption is expected to be particularly acute as Ramadan falls during July and August, the two hottest months of the year with temperatures as high as 50°C.