Last Saturday my friend and I set out to get gas for our cookers (cooker = stove/oven). We were told by a few people that we could just go to any gas station and get a gas tank. (An aside: gas is controlled by the government. In the emirate of Abu Dhabi we have Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The automobile gasoline is quite inexpensive, about $1.80 per gallon! The cooker tanks are natural gas, I think about $10 to fill.) Anyway, we headed to our nearby ADNOC station. They informed us that we had to go to a different station to get our cooker tanks. Off we went to the next ADNOC, and another strike out. But at this location, they said we could find the tanks at a nearby station, and gave me directions. At ADNOC #3, we struck out again! But this time we were promised that they knew the correct location.
Finally at ADNOC #4 we found gas tanks! The employees were very helpful, because honestly we had no idea what we were doing, and we needed help. We were able to get the tanks and the regulator at the station but not the hose. The employees at the station said we could get the hose at any store. So, off we went to get some groceries and hopefully the hose. Unfortunately, the hose alluded us.
On Monday I contacted a “jack of all trades” that I’ve met through the ex-pat teacher circle and he came and set up my cooker for me. Which, honestly was much easier than trying to do it myself! So now I can cook on my stove! I’ve been lucky to find all of my gluten-free staple items and have already made two of my favorite meals.