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UAE to ban two-pin plugs

The UAE is to ban the entry of appliances and electrical equipment with two-pin plug configurations starting from 2012, according to new standards set by Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), Khaleej Times has reported. The move is expected to reduce the usage of plug adaptors, which are potential fire hazards, especially when pins fit loosely in sockets causing sparking and other problems.