Customers won’t have to pay more for fuel in Qatar next month, unless they’re buying diesel.
After five consecutive months of hikes, authorities are keeping the cost of premium petrol (91-octane) at QR1.60/liter.
And the cost of 95-octane super gasoline will also remain at the current prices of QR1.70/liter.
However, diesel will see an increase to QR1.60 from QR1.55/liter.
Elsewhere, fuel costs are going down in the UAE next month for the first time in 2017.
Since Qatar first began fluctuating fuel prices last June, they have increased more than 30 percent for petrol. Diesel has also seen a 10 percent jump.
The rising prices have caused anxiety in several circles, including many taxi drivers who have seen earnings eaten up by fuel costs.
On social media, citizens have also been expressing their dissatisfaction with the increases.
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Some have asked for an explanation and rationale behind the hikes, but no answers have yet been offered publicly.
On the plus side, fuel costs have not caused inflation to rise much.
However, the cost of living in Qatar is likely to go up further after a new selective tax takes effect within the next few months.
According to officials, the tax will be on luxury items (such as alcohol), as well as fast food, tobacco and things that harm the environment.