Regional & Interregional Cooperation

As part of the IAEA TC programme, the UAE is involved in regional and interregional TC projects within the Asia and the Pacific Division that address common issues through joint activities. The UAE mainly engages in regional cooperation under the umbrella of the regional cooperation agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training (ARASIA), as well as under the coordination of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Projects within these groups contribute to the advancement and strengthening of capacity building efforts based on regional priorities.


Currently, as part of the IAEA TC Programme, the UAE participates in 17 active regional and interregional TC projects. These projects cover a wide range of thematic areas like human health, food and agriculture, marine environment, energy planning, cultural heritage, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) of nuclear analysis, NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material), emergency preparedness and response and radioactive waste management.


Since 1976, the UAE has been actively engaged in 108 regional and interregional TC projects of the Agency. Stakeholder involvement has rapidly increased in recent years, especially since the establishment of the UAE Permanent Mission to the IAEA in 2008.


From the outset of its national nuclear energy programme, the number of regional and interregional TC projects with UAE participation for the period of 2008-2014 has comprised of more than 80 TC projects, some of which are currently on-going.  






The Cooperative Agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology, which is also known as ARASIA, entered into force on 29 July 2002. The Agreement was created to develop a cooperative framework for the Arab States in Asia who share the same developmental needs and concerns. The ARASIA group enables the Arab States in Asia to consolidate and integrate their efforts in research, development and training. It further encourages and strengthens technical co-operation activities among them. The countries under the ARASIA agreement include Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


The UAE is among the most active member states in ARASIA in hosting regional activities and supporting TC projects. The country has supported the establishment of new thematic areas for ARASIA projects such as nuclear medicine applications in non-communicable diseases, combatting desertification, assessment of ground water quality, X-ray and ion beam analysis, as well as off-shore oil and gas operations impact on marine environment.


Since the establishment of the UAE Permanent Mission, the UAE contribution to ARASIA TC programme has been increasing. This allows the UAE to both support and benefit from regional activities through new technologies and sharing of expertise, especially in areas of health, air pollution, and water management.



Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)


General Yukiya Amano, recorded opening speech at GCC Regional School of Nuclear Energy Management in Abu Dhabi, 8-19 January, 2



During 2011, the United Arab Emirates assumed the Chairmanship of the Gulf Cooperation Council and actively contributed to the progress and coordination of activities scheduled under the TC cycle 2009-2011 for all three GCC projects. It also prepared for the future TC cycle 2012-2013 for GCC projects. These projects relate to the following areas: developing a regional nuclear training center for capacity building and research, planning and developing a nuclear power, and strengthening legislative and safety infrastructures.


There has been active involvement in more than 10 regional and interregional projects throughout 2013.

UAE Hosted Regional Events

International Conference on Human Resources Development for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes, Abu Dhabi, March 2010

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UAE hosts IAEA Regional School of Nuclear Energy Management in Abu Dhabi, January, 2012

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“Consistent with its standing as an active participant in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the UAE will continue to participate in and lend its support to ongoing studies and initiatives on the peaceful use of nuclear energy taking place within the framework of the GCC.”


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Participants of the 2nd Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School held in cooperation with the IAEA, Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 2015