Fuel price rises have catalysed international political posturing
Given their status amongst the world’s top oil producing nations, fuel prices including petrol, oil and gas, are unexpectedly one of the top concerns within these markets
With price rises in excess of 80% across some nations, global politics has been blamed for pushing domestic prices up. The result of oil shortage in the world today is a result of yesterday’s politicians, not Saudi Arabia.”
@AbuTurki_2020. Jun 5th 2022
However, beneath this global posturing, the rising cost of fuel domestically has started to bite on ordinary citizens, particularly workers lower down the wage ladder who are stuck between rising costs and lowering wages as companies reduce their own costs to ease wider consumer concerns.
Replying to @Deliveroo.
“Gas price nearly double in a year in Dubai and you cut drop price for riders by 15% amid worldwide inflation. Shame on you.” @nono38370. May 1st 2022
Price rises have got in the way of important cultural & religious practices
“why’s hajj so expensive ??” @mahagulnaaz. Jul 4th 2022
Inflation has not only begun to cause price rises on basic goods and local services, but on the most important cultural and religious events.
‘Extortionate’ price rises for attendance packages have priced many worshipers out of attending the most important religious events in the Islamic calendar, and for some their lives; Hajj and Umrah.
2022 saw a large number of worshipers priced out of attendance, having been forced to miss attending in 2020-21 due to restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“His Royal Highness @KingSalman Local Haj for expatriates is very expensive. Please direct @MoHU_En to reduce the prices for hajj.” @engfahadsabir. Jun 6th 2022
Despite the quiet crises, there is still room for humour, albeit weaponised
The regions online commentary on the crisis has left some space for moments of humour to shine through. The number of mentions referring to expense or cost and incorporating humours emojis has increased for the same period in 2022 over 2021.