This electricity bill from the 1950’s is displayed at the offices of Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority. The ancient document tells the story of power rates in those times. The bill, of odsc_3895nly Rupees 5 (now approx $2), was for a month’s usage of electricity by one of the country’s then (and now) largest business houses.

Power has always been highly-subsidized for residents but the authorities have now taken steps – an additional column shows the actual rate –  to tell users how much they would have had to pay if not for the government’s generosity. Hope this would help get the message across that power is a precious commodity.

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