UAE in the News
In this section you will find more information about the UAE's nuclear power programme progress highlighted by the global media.
UAE's MoFA hosts NPDI senior officials meeting
22 January 2015 | MoFA - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) hosted a meeting of senior officials of the 12-member Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) as part of the preparations for the 2015 Review Conference of the parties to the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) >> Read full story
UAE Permanent MIssion to the IAEA hosts workshops on nuclear safety and security 
15 December 2014 | UAE Interact - Twenty media persons specialising in nuclear energy from the Middle East attended a three-day workshop on nuclear safety and security and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction held in Vienna >> Read full story
Khalifa University hosts the founding meeting for the establishment of the Emirates Nuclear Society 
9 December 2014 | Khalifa University hosted the founding meeting of Emirates Nuclear Society (ENS) at its Abu Dhabi Campus, which was attended by His Excellency Hamad Al Kaabi, the UAE's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency >> Read full story
UAE to strengthen technical cooperaiton with CTBTO
16 November 2014 | The National - The UAE is starting in-depth work with a major organisation in Vienna to improve its nuclear safety and security >> Read full story
UAE Foreign Minister Receives Executive Secretary of the Comprehesive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation 
12 November 2014 | WAM - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister received Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Abu Dhabi >> Read full story
UAE participates in pilot project for Inspiring High School Students to Pursue Careers in Nuclear Science 
4 November 2014 | IAEA - IAEA Project Aims to Put Wow Factor in Secondary Science Education >> Read full story
UAE hosts IAEA Regional Training on Radiation Protection in the Oil and Gas Industry
4 November 2014 | IAEA - A regional training course on Radiation Protection in the Oil and Gas Industry took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 19-23 October 2014. Altogether, 16 participants from 11 Member States in the Asia and the Pacific region attended the course >> Read full story
Construction starts on third Barakah Unit 
25 September 2014 | World Nuclear News - The first safety concrete has been poured for the basemat of the containment building of the third reactor at the UAE's Barakah nuclear power plant, marking the official start of the unit's construction >> Read full story
FANR authorises construction of two additional nuclear power reactors in UAE 
15 September 2014 | WAM - The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has authorised the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) to begin building two additional nuclear power reactors at the Barakah site in the Western Region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate >> Read full story
More than 55 per cent of Abu Dhabi's Unit 1 nuclear power plant complete 
27 August 2014 | The National - More than 55 per cent of Abu Dhabi’s first nuclear reactor at Barakah, in the Western Region, is complete, said the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation >> Read full story
UAE signs global pact on nuclear liability 
9 July 2014 | Khaleej Times - The UAE has joined the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), an international treaty which was developed as an umbrella for international liability conventions, providing the basis for a global nuclear liability regime >> Read full story
UAE and EU aim to reduce risk of nuclear and chemical attack 
18 June 2014 | The National - The UAE has officially signed an agreement with the European Union to open a regional centre to understand and reduce risks of disasters >> Read full story
Future nuclear energy leaders ready for operations at UAE's 1st nuclear energy plant 
16 June 2014 | Gulf Daily Mail - The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) celebrated the graduation of its first group of Local Operators this week, following the completion of a specialized training program designed to equip trainees with the expertise necessary to oversee safe operations at the UAE’s first nuclear energy plants >> Read full story
UAE celebrates arrival of its first nuclear reactor vessel for Barakah Nuclear Power Plant  
20 May 2014 | The National - Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, attended a ceremony to mark the arrival of the vessel in Barakah, the site of the UAE’s nuclear energy plants in the Western Region >> Read full story
Khalifa University Holds Fourth GNEII Symposium 
18 May 2014 | Khalifa University - Khalifa University’s Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute (GNEII) hosted the fourth annual GNEII Symposium at its Abu Dhabi Campus on May 18th, 2014 and will hold a graduation ceremony for its 12 Fellows on May 19th, as part its two-day symposium on nuclear safety, security and safeguards >> Read full story
UAE, Argentina sign memorandum of cooperation on nuclear energy use
25 April 2014 | Khaleej Times - Shaikh Mohammed expressed satisfaction at the signing of the agreement which he described as the prelude to further bilateral cooperation between the two countries >> Read full story
UAE-Australia agreement on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful means has come into force
14 April 2014 | WAM - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, received at his office in Abu Dhabi today the visiting Australian Minister of Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb >> Read full story
NPDI calls for Middle East free of nuclear arms
12 April 2014 | The National - Middle East countries were urged on Saturday to make the region free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction >> Read full story
UAE participates in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Ministerial Meeting in Hiroshima
12 April 2014 | WAM - A high-level delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today participated in the 8th ministerial meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) held in Hiroshima, Japan >> Read full story
UAE will push for nuclear disarmament
8 April 2014 | The National - As the UAE gears up for the eighth Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) in Japan, experts said they hoped the event would mark a step forward in disarming nuclear weapons states >> Read full story
Scientists need to educate the public over nuclear power safety
5 April 2014 | The National - When Hamad Al Kaabi set off for last week’s meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, a place 8,000 kilometres away is likely to have dominated his thoughts – Fukushima >> Read full story
Japanese government approves nuclear agreements with UAE, Turkey
4 April 2014 | Power Engineering - Japan’s House of Representatives passed two nuclear agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates that would allow Japan to export nuclear infrastructure to both countries >> Read full story
UAE makes pledge to develop nuclear protection laws
26 March 2014 | The National - The UAE is one of 35 countries that have pledged to turn international guidelines on the protection of nuclear materials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEAE) into federal laws >> Read full story
UAE to present National Report at Global Nuclear Safety Meeting
25 March 2014 | WAM - The U.A.E. is set to present its 2nd National Report at the 6th Review Meeting on the Convention on Nuclear Safety that will take place at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria from 24th March-4th April 2014 >> Read full story
Experts warn of disastrous consequences if nuclear materials fall into wrong hands
25 March 2014 | The National - More countries should work towards properly securing nuclear material and radioactive sources because of the evolving threat of nuclear terrorism, experts at the Nuclear Security Summit said on Monday >> Read full story
Gulf nuclear research reactor will benefit region, say experts The Hague
24 March 2014 | The National - Experts have called on the Arabian Gulf to establish a regional nuclear research reactor to improve research and training opportunities in the region >> Read full story
Praise for UAE’s ‘gold standard’ nuclear power programme
23 March 2014 | The National - The country’s nuclear programme has been praised as the “gold standard” and the UAE is constantly striving to keep up to date with best international practices >> Read full story
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to lead UAE nuclear delegation at The Hague
23 March 2014 | The National - The threat from nuclear terrorism, improving cybersecurity and boosting global cooperation are set to dominate the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague >> Read full story
UAE Vice President issues a Cabinet Resolution Concerning Fees for Licences & Services provided by FANR 
19 March 2014 | FANR - Issuance of Cabinet Resolution No (8) of 2014 Concerning Licence Fees and Services Provided by the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation >> Read press release
First Ducab consignment reaches Barakah power plant
19 March 2014 | Emirates 24/7 -  ENEC, has announced that the first consignment of locally-produced non-class 1E cable has been delivered to the UAE’s nuclear plants under construction in Barakah >> Read full story
Abu Dhabi Seeks Fukushima Lesson in Nuclear Safety, Adviser Says
18 March 2014 | Bloomberg - Abu Dhabi, drawing lessons from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, is building “gold-standard” safety procedures into its plan to develop four nuclear reactors, a foreign adviser to the government said >> Read full story
UAE, Japan issue statement on bilateral cooperation
26 February 2014 | Khaleej Times - Japan and the United Arab Emirates expressed their intention to further strengthen the comprehensive partnership in the political, economic and cultural fields >> Read full story
International Advisory Board for UAE nuclear programme issues 6th and 7th semi-annual reports 
26 February 2014 | UAE Interact - The International Advisory Board (IAB), a body mandated to provide an independent assessment of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, published its sixth and seventh semi-annual reports >> Read full story
'Powering the Future' - IAEA Film about the UAE Nuclear Power Programme 
12 February 2014 | IAEA YouTube - At today's growth rate the United Arab Emirates expects demand for electricity to double by 2020. To meet these demands, the government concluded that nuclear power was the best way forward >> Watch video here
Experts insist nuclear power is key for future energy
22 January 2014 | The National - Despite some concerns over the safety, cost and environmental issues associated with nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima incident in 2011, experts are clear that nuclear energy has a major role to play in the future global energy mix >> Read full story
Abu Dhabi races to recruit first generation of nuclear workers
28 December 2013 | The National - With a little more than three years to go before its first nuclear reactor goes live, Abu Dhabi is racing to recruit its first generation of nuclear workers >> Read full story
Nuclear energy’s benefits becoming more obvious, says UAE

19 December 2013 | The National - Nuclear energy will account for carbon dioxide savings of 3.2 gigatonnes a year by 2050, a report says >> Read full story


Abu Dhabi forum addresses concerns about disposal of radioactive material

27 October 2013 | The National - Nations were urged to improve security in the use and disposal of radioactive materials at a nuclear energy forum on Sunday >> Read full story

Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources Focus of IAEA Conference in Abu Dhabi

22 October 2013 | IAEA - The International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Maintaining the Continuous Global Control of Sources Throughout Their Life Cycle, held in October 2013 in Abu Dhabi >> Read full story


UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Reaffirms Commitments to Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

11 October 2013 | The Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, made her first statement before the United Nations and renewed the U.A.E.'s commitments to a Middle East Nuclear Weapon Free Zone and to promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in the region >> Read full story


UAE IAEA official meets envoys at UN Assembly

02 October 2013 | UAE Interact - Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, IAEA National Liaison Officer (NLO) for the UAE in Vienna, has met a number of diplomats at the headquarters of the UAE's mission to the United Nations in New York on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly >> Read full story


UAE Foreign Minister delivers statement at the United Nations General Assembly in New York

28 September 2013 | UN Web TV - Statement by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates at the general debate of the 68th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations >> Watch video here

UAE highlights progress of its peaceful nuclear programme at IAEA General Conference
18 September 2013 | The UAE affirmed today that it has taken significant steps in the development of its nuclear power programme and the related infrastructure, following the IAEA guidance and international best practices >> Read full story
UAE Minister of Energy delivers national statement at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century in Saint Petersburg 
27 June 2013 | UAE Permanent Mission - National Statement >> Read the statement
UAE reiterates commitment to develop peaceful nuclear programme
25 June 2013 | The National - The UAE's quest to develop nuclear energy has been strongly driven by its foreign policy, state news agency Wam says >> Read full story
Building work on Abu Dhabi power plant is ahead of schedule

17 June 2013 | The Naional  - Construction of the UAE's first nuclear power plant is ahead of schedule, although three major milestones have yet to be achieved >> Read full story

Sheikh Abdullah meets President of Austria's Federal Council and  unveils the curtains at opening ceremony of new offices for the Mission and Embassy in Vienna
11 June 2013 | WAM - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, and Edgar Mayer, President of the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria, met on Monday and discussed issues of cooperation and friendly relations between their two countries in parliamentary, economic and investment spheres >> Read full story
United Arab Emirates and IAEA sign an Integrated Work Plan (IWP) to support the implementation of the national nuclear power programme

6 June 2013 | IAEA - The UAE and the IAEA have signed an Integrated  Work Plan (IWP) to support the implementation of the national nuclear power programme >> Read full story

Abu Dhabi breaking ground on second reactor as nuclear power vision takes shape

27 May 2013 | The National - Abu Dhabi breaks ground on its second nuclear reactor tomorrow as it moves ahead with the construction of the Arab world's first atomic power plant >> Read full story

UAE and Japan sign civil nuclear agreement

3 May 2013 | Khaleej Times - Japan has signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the UAE, with Tokyo pledging to contribute to the country’s energy supplies >> Read full story

UAE nuclear plants designed to withstand earthquakes
29 April 2013 | Gulf News Abu Dhabi - The UAE’s nuclear facilities are designed to withstand the frequency and gravity of Korea’s quakes - of a much graver and of a much larger magnitude than those occurring here in the Gulf region, nuclear energy experts have assured >> Read full story

Abdullah Bin Zayed hails IAEA's support to UAE's nuclear peaceful program
29 January 2013 | WAM Abu Dhabi - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, hailed the support extended by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the efforts by the UAE to develop its peaceful nuclear energy program >> Read full story

Selected group of Emirati nuclear energy pioneers receives recognition to become certified nuclear reactor operators

23 April 2013 | ENEC - Emirati engineers gain insights and inspiration as they prepare to become licensed nuclear reactor operators >> Read full story

IAEA chief to visit Abu Dhabi's nuclear reactor construction site
29 January 2013 | The National - The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to visit Abu Dhabi's reactor construction site today as work speeds along on the Arab world's first nuclear power plant >> Read full story

UAE signs nuclear cooperation deal with Argentina
15 January 2013 | The National - The UAE signed its first nuclear cooperation agreement with a South American country after Sheikh Khalifa, the President, met the Argentine leader Cristina de Kirchner yesterday  >> Read full story 

UAE nuclear law spells out liability clauses
16 October 2012 | The National - A UAE law covering the country's first nuclear power plants has placed liability for any problems squarely on the shoulders of the operator >> Read full story

Canada, UAE sign cooperation accord
20 September 2012 | World Nuclear News - The trading of nuclear technology and materials between Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can now take place after a cooperation agreement was signed between the two countries >> Read full story

UAE signed in Abu Dhabi tonight with Australia, a nuclear cooperation agreement

1 August 2012 | The National - Australia has opened the door to supplying the UAE with nuclear fuel but has ruled out taking back the radioactive waste it generates >> Read full story

Nuclear construction begins on UAE’s first reactors
19 July 2012 | Platts - Nucleonics Week - The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation began pouring the first safety-related concrete for its first nuclear power plant unit at Barakah, western region of Abu Dhabi >> Read full story

UAE approves first Gulf Arab nuclear plant
18 July 2012 | Reuters - The United Arab Emirates will be the first Gulf Arab state to start constructing a nuclear power plant in the region, where top oil exporters seek alternative energy resources to meet the soaring electricity demand that threatens to absorb their precious oil and gas reserves >> Read full story

UAE: Nuclear will be the energy bridge for the region

10 July 2012 | Nuclear Energy Insider - The United Arab Emirates is weighing up its options over its future energy mix. We look at the cost implications to this oil rich nation turning to nuclear and renewables and the underlying infrastructure required for both >> Read full story

UAE nuclear power decision imminent
10 July 2012 | The National - The nuclear regulator is expected to make a decision within days on whether to grant a licence to build the country's first reactors. If the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) gives the green light, the UAE will become the first nation to embark on a new civilian nuclear programme in nearly three decades >> Read full story

UAE: Five years to build a nuclear workforce
27 June 2012 | Nuclear Energy Insider - Five years from now, the UAE is expected to become the first Arab nation to produce nuclear energy, which will generate nearly a quarter of its electricity by 2020. Its training programmes have impressive benefits luring a competitive programme for its next generation of nuclear engineers >> Read full story

KEPCO promises ‘perfect’ nuclear plants in UAE
14 June 2012 | The Korean Herald - The nation’s state-run energy supplier Korea Electric Power Corp. will hold a resolution rally at its Seoul headquarters Friday, vowing for the safety, quality and integrity of its ongoing nuclear power plant deal with the United Arab Emirates >> Read full story

Khalifa University organizes workshop with Korean Nuclear Society
13 June 2012 | Abawaba Business - Khalifa University hosted today a workshop with the Korean Nuclear Society (KNS) that was designed to promote an academic exchange on technical topics and on the future of nuclear energy >> Read more story

IAB publishes fourth semi-annual report on the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy program
07 May 2012 | WAM - The International Advisory Board (IAB), a body mandated to provide an independent assessment of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, published its fourth semi-annual report today >> Read full story  

Nuclear safety policy in Emirates brought into sharp focus 
19 April 2012 | The National - The Fukushima disaster and a recent cover-up at a nuclear plant in South Korea could have cast a shadow over the UAE's nuclear energy programme >> Read full story

Disaster Management City to prepare UAE for emergencies
19 April 2012 | The National - Nuclear sabotage is just one of the possible scenarios behind the creation of Disaster Management City (DMC) in Abu Dhabi >> Read full story

UAE's nuclear model favours full transparency  

26 March 2012 | The National - In 2014, the first reactor for the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant will be loaded onto a freighter in the South Korean city of Changwon >> Read full story  

Seoul summit shows nuclear safety relies on cooperation
26 March 2012 | The National - The UAE delegation join dozens of world leaders in South Korea at the 2012 nuclear security summit in Seoul aimed at making nuclear material more secure >> Read full story

ENEC perform more civil works at Braka site 
08 March 2012 | WNN - The UAE operator has received an approval from the UAE regulator to engage in more civil works at its proposed Braka nuclear power plant site >> Read full story
UAE liquid waste contract goes to Energy Solutions
24 February 2012 | WNN - US nuclear services company Energy Solutions has been awarded a contract to design and supply liquid waste management systems for the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) nuclear energy program >> Read full story
Female leadership in nuclear industry
January 2012 | IAEA - Monira Al Kuttab, Director of Government Communications in the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulations (FANR) is recognized as a woman making a difference in nuclear power programme in the UAE >> Read full story

UAE builds a foundation for information exchange and research on nuclear safety
19 December 2011 | WNN - A memorandum of understanding covering information exchange, joint research and education and training in the field of nuclear safety has been signed by Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) >> Read full story  
IAEA compliments UAE's nuclear regulatory standards

14 December 2011 | IAEA - An International Atomic Energy Agency report noted that the UAE is following “good safety standards” as it builds environmentally-friendly reactors >> Read full story

ENEC prepares UAE site for reactors
17 October 2011 | WNN - The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has applied to the national regulator for approval to carry out additional preparatory work at the site of the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear power plant >> Read full story

UAE reaffirms its commitment to peaceful use of nuclear energy in UN General Assembly

07 October 2011 | MoFA - The UAE has said that it will continue to take further concrete steps towards developing its peaceful nuclear energy program in order to meet its growing needs of electricity within the framework of the safeguards and supervision of the IAEA  statement to the General Debate of the First Committee on "Disarmament and International Security', 66th Session of the General Assembly in New York >> Read full story
UAE nuclear programme gaining popular support
20 June 2011 | WNN - A national opinion poll has found strong support for the United Arab Emirates' nuclear energy programme, with 85% of the respondents believing in the importance of peaceful nuclear energy for the nation >> Read full story

UAE's nuclear power programme estimated cost of $30 billion
28 November 2011 | Bloomberg - The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear- power programme, a joint venture between state-owned Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), will cost about $30 billion >> Read full story
UAE Nuclear Power Programme gains U.S. nuclear cooperation
20 December 2010 | Congressional Research Service - After the 111th  Congress approval of the U.S.-UAE bilateral agreement on peaceful nuclear cooperation, the “123 agreement” entered into force - the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reported  >> Read full report

International interest in UAE nuclear power programme
22 August 2010 | Atomic Insights - In 2009 the UAE took a big step in a rapid development program by signing a contract for four nuclear power plants from South Korea that would each generate 1400 MWe >> Read full story