UAE’s nuclear programme amounts to over AED 89 billion and its prestigious space programme is aiming to reach Mars in 2021 and building first settlement on the Red Planet in 2117….reports Asian Lite News
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed in Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander launched the UAE National Space Program and approved the program’s strategy. The program, which will be executed by young Emirati cadres, was announced during a visit to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC).
Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE space program is a message to the Arab world that our sons are able to compete on the global level. “Our objective is to show the world that we are able to contribute to humanity through quality knowledge and scientific discoveries,” he said.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said that the UAE is making a new national leading achievement every day on all levels thanks to the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the vision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid. “We are very proud of Emirati youth playing a pivotal role in shaping an ambitious future for their own country and pursuing higher educations in the field of science and knowledge,” he said.
Crown Prince of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also attended the tour that also included the launch of satellite manufacturing complex as part of the MBRSC. The move is part of the UAE ambitious space program as it aims reaching Mars in 2021 and building first settlement on the Red Planet in 2117.
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is set to launch the Hope spacecraft in July 2020 on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. The UAE National Space Program also includes a new program to prepare Emiratis astronauts. “Our national space program is a solid platform to prepare Emiratis cadres specialized in airspace sciences, and qualify future generations that are able to contribute to humanity knowledge,” Mohammed bin Rashid said. “We plan to send the first Emirati astronaut to the space over the next few years, and starting from today, we are preparing the first Emirati and Arab astronaut to join scientists at the International Space Station.”
Present during the tour were Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Mohammed Ahmad Al Bowardi, along with senior government officials
Barakah Nuclear Plant
Another report says the UAE Cabinet held its extraordinary meeting at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in the Al Dhafra region to highlight the UAE’s pursuit to be a global leader in peaceful nuclear energy that upholds the highest standards of quality and safety and is operated by qualified Emirati cadres.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The total cost of the project amounts to over AED 89 billion, of which more than AED 11 billion worth of contracts have been awarded to 1,400 Emirati companies up to the end of 2016. This indicates the economic and competitive opportunities available to companies that allow them to develop their quality and safety policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the highest quality standards of the nuclear energy sector.
The cabinet was briefed on the latest developments in the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme, which is considered the largest peaceful nuclear energy project currently under construction globally. The briefing was delivered by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), along with a number of UAE engineers working at ENEC and Nawah Energy Company, which is leading the operations of the plant in accordance with the highest international standards of safety and quality.
A presentation on the project and operational readiness was given by Maryam Qasem, Head of Nuclear Fuel Procurement, and Ali Al Nuaimi, Senior Reactor Operator.
The Cabinet toured the facility with Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of ENEC, and Mohammed Sahoo Al Suwaidi, Acting CEO of Nawah. The tour included a briefing in the simulator training centre by Amani Al Hosani, Deputy Head of Simulators. The centre provides extensive training necessary to obtain the nuclear reactor operator certificates.
“We are proud of our young people who work in the world’s largest energy programs and are the engine of future achievements,” said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “Energy is a key component of the UAE Centennial Plan 2071, and safe nuclear energy will play an important and vital role,” His Highness added. “Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is a national strategic project in which 60% of the employees are Emiratis and 20% are women, and it will provide quality jobs in the fields of engineering and advanced technology in order to contribute to the development of our industrial and modern sectors, benefiting generations to come.” His Highness concluded.
Sheikh Mohammed also stressed the role of safe and clean nuclear energy in supporting the local economy and the energy sector in the UAE. The project will provide a quarter of the country’s electricity needs.
The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme has succeeded in establishing a strong basis for future achievements with the objective of providing safe, reliable and clean electricity to the United Arab Emirates.
The Government of the United Arab Emirates has been keen on continuing close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and various relevant governmental bodies in order to adopt the best practices for the development of peaceful nuclear energy, which will help in meeting the requirements of the Paris Convention on Climate Change signed in 2015 and ratified In 2016 aimed at reducing carbon emissions for power generation.
The UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program of the United Arab Emirates has been praised by experts in the nuclear field, and government officials around the world, who consider the UAE’s nuclear energy programme a reference for all countries wishing to develop a new peaceful nuclear programme for the production of electricity.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has been keen to complete the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in accordance with the highest standards of safety and security. Construction started in 2012, and the completion rate in the first unit has reached 94%, while the total combined completion rate of the four units has reached 78%. With completion of all units, the project will provide around a quarter of the UAE’s safe, sustainable and clean electricity needs.