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About the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the IAEA

The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna acts as the main liaison between the UAE government and IAEA to cooperate closely in the areas of nuclear safety and security, non-proliferation, technical cooperation, and associated with international obligations and commitments.

International Instruments Concluded by the UAE for the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

The UAE is a party to all major international instruments related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

IAEA Peer Review Missions to the United Arab Emirates

The UAE programme receives review missions from the IAEA in order to obtain valuable feedback based on the highest expertise.

UAE efforts toward Global Nuclear Non-Proliferation

The UAE government has been actively involved in global non-proliferation matters beyond its national nuclear power programme to support global efforts and to enhance confidence through international cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear power.

United Arab Emirates' Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is responsible for the construction and operation of the UAE's nuclear energy plant. For the construction of its nuclear power plant, the UAE chose an advanced third-generation light water reactor, known as the APR1400: technology that complies with highest international standards for safety, performance and environmental impact.

Establishing a Nuclear Liability Regime in the United Arab Emirates  

The UAE has joined a set of international conventions, which are designed to provide a compensation for damage arising from a nuclear incidents.

UAE Policies and Strategies for Radioactive and Nuclear Waste Management

The UAE government vigorously advances in establishing safe and secure ways of managing the radioactive and nuclear waste in order to protect human health and the environment.

IAEA Technical Cooperation for the Safe Application of Nuclear Technology in UAE  

Along with the other services of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Arab Emirates benefits from the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme on safe and secure application of nuclear and related technologies for sustainable development.

Building Capacity and Managing Nuclear Human Resources for a Sustainable Nuclear Power Programme in the UAE

Human Resources Development (HRD) is a key issue for the UAE, as the country introduces its nuclear power programme for the first time. It has adopted a wide ranging “integrated approach” to HRD in the civil nuclear sector.

UAE - IAEA Technical Cooperation Project Success

The X-Ray Centre for Material Analysis Laboratory is a successful outcome of the national project ‘Enhancing Analytical Capabilities for Environmental and Archaeological Applications’ between the UAE and the Technical Cooperation Department of the IAEA.

Environmental Protection from Radioactive Releases in the UAE

The UAE’s regulatory body has taken significant measures on public and environmental exposure control to ensure that citizens are adequately protected from the adverse effects of radiation. The regulatory body performs inspections to ensure compliance with requirements.

Implementation of Nuclear Safeguards in the UAE

The UAE government ensures that comprehensive safeguards are in place for the development of its domestic nuclear programme through the implementation of relevant agreements it has forged.

UAE Response in Light of Fukushima Nuclear Accident

With the 11 March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, caused by a large-scale earthquake and subsequent tsunami, nuclear states have taken a closer look at their nuclear energy policies and responded accordingly. Nuclear newcomers including the United Arab Emirates, also continue their advancement on set programs.

UAE Nuclear Power Programme Milestones

The UAE has joined the nuclear ‘newcomers’, with the beginning of construction of its first nuclear reactor in July 2012. The UAE’s first reactor is scheduled to begin supplying electricity in 2017, with three other reactors intended to be built at the same site.

Nuclear Security in the UAE

The UAE has taken multiple advanced steps to develop the required infrastructure and evaluate that all effective measures are in place to ensure nuclear security. In doing so, the government fully implements all relevant international instruments pertaining to security and non-proliferation.  


The Permanent Mission Fact Sheets focus on the key thematic areas of the UAE Civil Nuclear Energy Programme and present its current progress. These Fact Sheets provide summary information on the UAE’s accomplishments in different areas of its programme and highlight the UAE’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).



Regional Cooperation for Peaceful Nuclear Energy

As an active participant of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the lends its support to ongoing studies and initiatives on the peaceful use of nuclear energy taking place within the cooperation framework among countries of the Gulf region.


UAE Achievements in Implementing the Highest Standards of Nuclear Security    

For many years, the United Arab Emirates have engaged in a broad set of activities to enhance its nuclear security capabilities while contributing to global nuclear security architecture.