UAE became the first country in the Arab World to produce nuclear energy as the Barakah Nuclear Plant’s 1st Unit got operational. The new plant is part of the UAE’s graph to become less reliant on oil and gas, the current source of the vast majority of its energy. UAE is among the world’s biggest fossil fuels producers.
The Barakah nuclear power plant is the United Arab Emirates’s first nuclear power station, the first nuclear power station in the Arabian Peninsula, and the first commercial nuclear power station in the Arab World.
It is situated in the Al Dhafrah region of Abu Dhabi.
It consists of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors (one operational, three mostly completed).
The plant, powered by South Korean technology, hopes to produce 5.6 gigawatts of electricity and supply up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs.