The Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has established the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee (DNEC). Headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee will serve for a renewable three year term.
Energy demand in the UAE is growing at an annual rate of about 9 per cent – three times the global average, according to industry reports. The emirate has been progressing rapidly towards diversifying its energy mix by 2030 in that Dubai’s 5% of the total power in Dubai will be generated by renewable energy, 24% by nuclear and clean coal while 71% will be produced by natural gas
Nuclear energy to produce electricity is one of Dubai’s strategic initiatives for clean energy sources to achieve sustainable development for generations to come. Driverless cars were also announced yesterday with the intent to save AED 22 billion annually by 2030.
DNEC, attached to the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, will also have Engineer Waleed Ali Salman, the Vice Chairman. Others appointed as members include Dr. Riad Mohamed Belhoul; Dr. Abdulkader Ibrahim Al Khayat; Dr. Ali Mohammad Shaheen Ahmed; and Engineer Youssef Ahmed Abduldayem Nasrallah.
The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is also working to deliver electricity to the UAE grid in 2017. By 2020, it is projected that nuclear energy will produce nearly a quarter of the nation’s electricity needs.