The Emirates' Civilized Vision Regarding Nuclear Energy

  • 25 November 2008

In its search for energy sources, the world shows increasing interest in nuclear technology because of its concern about the environment and the demands of development, population increases, and construction expansion. In this regard, the United Arab Emirates shows a noticeable interest in peaceful nuclear technology within a Gulf outlook decided upon in the GCC Summit Meeting in Riyadh in 2006.

The Emirates' policy for acquiring this peaceful technology has three important and civilized pillars. First, the project is rooted in a real developmental need and it emanates from a scientific futuristic outlook. Despite the fact that the UAE is an oil-rich country, it is in real need for diversifying its energy resources and for depending on a cheap and efficient technology to protect the environment. This leads the country to pay special attention to nuclear technology, master it, possess it, and devise strategies for utilizing it in electricity production and desalination. This also points in essence to a vision for development that wants to ensure that the country possesses all necessary tools for the future.

Second, the Emirates' nuclear project emphasizes complete transparency in building and managing it, in cooperating with the IAEA, and in remaining committed to international agreements about non-proliferation. This was clear in the Emirates' document entitled "State General Policy in Evaluating the Possibility of Developing a Peaceful Nuclear Program" that was issued in April of 2008. It also was clear in the country's signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding in this regard. His Excellency Dr. Anwar Girgash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, reiterated that in his address to the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research's 14th Annual Energy Conference entitled "Nuclear Energy in the Gulf." The conference started yesterday and continues until tomorrow and includes experts and specialists who lecture on the different aspects of nuclear energy in the Gulf and identify other regional and international experiences with the technology.

Third, the UAE's choice to possess peaceful nuclear technology is a strategic choice that came out of deep research and study of the needs and of the capabilities required. This is what led to the agreement by the "National Nuclear Energy Commission" and to the dedicated work to acquire the specialized personnel and to be cognizant of all aspects of this cause.