A senior nuclear official announced Monday that the UAE had granted a license of operation for the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world. The plant is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation and should begin production later this year. The plant was supposed to go online in 2017 but has been setback by delays.
The UAE wants to produce nuclear power to help diversify their rising energy needs and their reliance on oil, while also freeing up more crude for export in the future. Abu Dhabi plans to provide 6% of its total energy from nuclear power needs by 2050