In December 2009, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, established by decree the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the organization charged with implementing the UAE nuclear energy program as it produces electricity, supports economic development, and provides opportunity for the people of the nation.

ENEC specializes in the deployment, ownership and operation of nuclear power plants within the UAE.

In addition, ENEC is responsible for: 

  • Overseeing the work of the eventual Prime Contractor in the design, construction and operation phases.
  • Working closely with the Abu Dhabi and Federal governments to ensure that the civil nuclear power program is aligned with the industrial infrastructure plans of the UAE. This will include overseeing work that will be done near the eventual power plant site, which would include community development, roads, utility and telecommunications projects.
  • Working to build the human resource capacity for the nuclear energy program in coordination with the educational sector in the UAE.
  • Developing public communications and education programs to ensure that UAE residents understand the civil nuclear energy program and are provided information on the program’s progress.


ENEC will also serve as the investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabi, making strategic investments in the nuclear sector, both domestically and internationally.

Nuclear energy

The energy that is released during a nuclear reaction. Splitting atoms (fission) and fusing atoms (fusion) both release nuclear energy. Today's nuclear power plants use fission to produce energy, which allow them to generate electricity on a large scale.
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