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Over the past decade, the Middle East has doubled its renewable energy capacity from 16 gigawatts in 2014 to over 35 gigawatts by 2023, driven by significant efforts from Iran and the UAE. This shift marks a crucial pivot from the region's traditional reliance on fossil fuels. Iran has focused on solar and wind power, while the UAE has undertaken major projects like the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Noor Abu Dhabi plant, aiming for 50% clean energy by 2050. Despite impressive growth, the region's global share in renewable energy remains small, indicating vast potential for further expansion. Continued investment could position the Middle East as a leader in green technology, although challenges such as technological limitations and geopolitical instability need to be addressed.

Middle East Doubles Renewable Energy Capacity: Iran and UAE Lead

Over the past decade, the Middle East has doubled its renewable energy capacity from 16 gigawatts in 2014 to over 35 gigawatts by 2023, driven by significant efforts from Iran and the UAE. This shift marks a crucial pivot from the region’s traditional reliance on fossil fuels. Iran has focused on solar and wind power, while the UAE has undertaken major projects like the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and Noor Abu Dhabi plant, aiming for 50% clean energy by 2050. Despite impressive growth, the region’s global share in renewable energy remains small, indicating vast potential for further expansion. Continued investment could position the Middle East as a leader in green technology, although challenges such as technological limitations and geopolitical instability need to be addressed.

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