‘Crucial’ Emirates Nuclear Society to be established

Experts in nuclear technology met at Khalifa University on Tuesday to establish the Emirates Nuclear Society.

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ABU DHABI // Khalifa University yesterday hosted a meeting to establish the Emirates Nuclear Society (ENS), which experts say is crucial to developing the sector in the UAE.

The meeting was the first step to formally establish the society in accordance with UAE laws on the formation of non-profit groups.

The society aims to promote interaction, communication and information about advancements in the field of nuclear energy and technology. Its formation is a key addition to the UAE nuclear sector, according to Hamad Alkaabi, the UAE’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He said the ENS would help strengthen international nuclear cooperation and the establishment of partnerships with international nuclear societies.

The university offers a master’s degree in nuclear engineering, the first in the region, and it is a founding partner of the Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute.

Mohammed Al Hammadi, chief executive of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), attended the meeting.

Participants adopted proposals to submit to the Ministry of Social Affairs and discussed ideas about future activities.

Enec said in August that more than half of the work on Abu Dhabi's first nuclear reactor at Barakah was complete.