National Projects
 

 Meeting on TC project activities between senior officials of the IAEA  at the American University of Sharjah  with by H.E. Ambassador Alkaabi, November 2011

 
Through its Permanent Mission to the IAEA in Vienna, and in coordination with relevant national stakeholders, the UAE plans its Technical Cooperation Programme in cooperation with the Division for Asia and the Pacific (TCAP) according to the bi-annual TC cycles of the Agency. Up until the UAE began its nuclear energy programme in 2008, its work with the IAEA in this area consisted primarily of small separate technical cooperation projects. 
 
With the build-up of the UAE nuclear power programme, this cooperation has expanded into areas such as sustainable energy, especially in planning for and applying of nuclear science and technology for peaceful nuclear energy, and for the transfer of relevant technology and knowledge in a sustainable manner. 
 
Since the UAE joined the IAEA, about 30 national TC projects have been implemented, with some still on-going in the current TC cycle.
 
 
In 2013, the UAE initiated new projects focusing on nuclear power infrastructure, environmental monitoring, nuclear and radioactive waste, radiation technology, nuclear knowledge development and management for the TC cycle 2014-2015.
 
Currently, the UAE carries out 7 national TC projects to meet its national needs in the areas of human heath, radiation technology, sustainable energy, as well as water and environmental management. 
 
 
On-going national TC projects between the UAE and IAEA for the 2014-2015 cycle: 
 
UAE/2/003: Supporting the Development of National Nuclear Power Infrastructure for Electricity Generation -       Phase II; 
UAE/7/003: Enhancing the Environmental Monitoring; 
UAE/7/004: Enhancing Environmental Monitoring Capabilities; 
UAE/9/010: Establishing the National Radioactive Waste Management Infrastructure; 
UAE/6/005: Establishment of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) - Phase II; 
UAE/9/011: Strengthening the National Programme on Patient Radiation Safety and Dosimetry;
UAE/1/001: Enhancing Analytical Capabilities for Environmental and Archaeological Applications - Phase II;
 
Overseen by relevant national stakeholders and the IAEA TC Department, cooperation has expanded in new areas. Five new TC projects have been approved for the 2016-2017 cycle. 
 
 
New national TC projects between the UAE and IAEA for the 2016-2017 cycle: 
 
Supporting the Development of National Nuclear Power Infrastructure for Electricity Generation-Phase III;
Enhancing National Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response;
Strengthening Infrastructure for Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety;
Enhancing Quality Assurance for use of Radiation in Healthcare;
Supporting a national programme of Action for Cancer Treatment in the UAE.
 
 
National Liaison Office for Technical Cooperation 
 
In 2010, the Permanent Mission to the IAEA was appointed as the National Liaison Office (NLO) for Technical Cooperation between the Agency and the UAE. Since the establishment of the Mission, about 15 national TC projects have been successfully implemented and three projects are still on-going within the current TC cycle. 
 
Through the IAEA’s TC Programme, national entities and organisations from various sectors receive comprehensive knowledge and expertise in nuclear science and technology. A wide range of activities such as training courses and workshops, conferences, scientific visits and fellowships, expert missions and reviews have all strategically address as the topics of human health and nuclear medicine, water and the environment, nuclear power infrastructure, radiation protection, nuclear safety and security, nuclear and radioactive waste management, nuclear knowledge development and management as well as radiation technology.
 

The Permanent Mission of the UAE to the IAEA seeks to ensure continuous engagement of all relevant national stakeholders in Technical Cooperation activities of the IAEA. It aims at  strengthening the current transfer of knowledge, in addition to exploring new areas in which national stakeholders can benefit from IAEA expertise. This has been demonstrated through an increased level of participation from the UAE in TC activities,  with a higher number of national entities engaging in those activities.

 

Several of the main active national stakeholders include: the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA), the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KU), Dubai Health Authority and many others. Moreover, new engagement has been supported and shown by: the Higher Committee for UAE civil seaports and airports security, Tawam Hospital, Dubai Hospital, Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), Center of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, Western Region Municipality, Dubai and Sharjah Police, Ministry of Environment and Water, Armed forces, Federal Customs Authority, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, and Dubai Municipality.
 
 
Successful National TC Projects in the UAE 
 
With compelling support provided by the National Liaison Office to UAE nuclear power stakeholders and effective coordination of IAEA activities at the national level, the UAE was ranked first among countries in Asia and the Pacific in implementation of national TC projects, with a total implementation rate of 96.32% in 2013.
 
The following are highlights of achievements within national TC projects in recent years:
 
Establishment of the National X-ray Fluorescence Laboratory (NXFL) in Sharjah to enhance analytical       capabilities in the region;
 
Improvement of the Dubai healthcare sector through new methodologies on reducing the level of radiation exposure on patients;
 
Establishment of the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL), currently under construction - to be completed by the end of 2014. The SSDL will enable the UAE to offer calibration of dosimetries used in radiation therapy and diagnostic radiology in medicine, as well as measurement standards for radiation protection within other sectors in the UAE.