UAE becomes first Arab country to launch local nuclear energy program


Abu Dhabi city skyline, United Arab Emirates.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates announced Saturday the successful start-up of its Barakah nuclear energy plant, the first in the Arab world and a significant step towards the country’s goal of emissions-free electricity.

With the announcement, the UAE becomes the newest member of an exclusive club of 31 countries running nuclear power operations. It’s also the first new country to launch a nuclear power plant in three decades, the last being China in 1990.

The Barakah plant’s Unit 1 is the first of the country’s planned four reactors, which when complete are expected to meet 25% of the…


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