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The Legal Status of Nuclear Energy in the United Arab Emirates: Great Ambitions, Great Partnership, Sustainability and Complete Respect of International Law

  • Amer FakhouryEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)

Abstract

The UAE’s peaceful nuclear program has a strategic position and an essential and dynamic role in supporting the country’s growth by promoting energy security and diversifying the economy. This paper describes the current status of the legal aspect of nuclear energy in the United Arab Emirates in light of international multilateral and bilateral agreements. As the industrial progress of societies increases in the UAE, the need for nuclear energy becomes a major priority. Interest in nuclear power has been revitalized as a result of unpredictable fossil fuel prices. For the Emiratis, the traditional energy of sources such as oil, coal, and natural gas, will be depleted in a century, as well as the traditional sources constitute a significant risk for the environment both when extraction and transport or when producing energy. In this direction and since the traditional sources are limited, officials in the UAE believe that it is necessary to find new alternatives to energy, so the UAE has turned its attention to nuclear energy. The United Arab Emirates is one of the leading countries in the Arab region that has realized this importance and has started to speed up the process by installing many projects to establish peaceful nuclear reactors that comply with international legal standards in terms of safety, environmental protection, security and non-proliferation. In 2009, the UAE President approved Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Regarding the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

Keywords

Nuclear energy IAEA CTBT NPT Environment International law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American University in the EmiratesDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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