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Departure from Liwa

Faisal Muhammad Al-Shammari

April 17, 2021

Al Dhafra is witnessing a new era ... a new energy, a reality of a moment reinforced by national achievements that have its headquarters in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (which was previously known as the Western Region), and includes what is located in the heart of the desert (such as the lectures of Liwa, Madinat Zayed, Baynunah and Ghayathi), including Overlooking the Arabian Gulf (such as the port, Ruwais, and commodities), in addition to the many islands (such as Dalma Island, Abu Al Abyad Island, and Sir Bani Yas Island, which the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, made of it, a natural reserve and a global destination).

Al Dhafra region represents 80% of the total area of ​​the emirate, and contributes more than 40% of its GDP, and by its breadth, it constitutes the largest part of the state's area.

It is considered one of the richest regions in the country in oil and gas fields, with its various agricultural and animal wealth as well as the strategic underground water reserve.

The commercial and political role of this region over the years cannot be ignored, as the presence of castles and towers is an indication of what this land witnessed in terms of epics of courage and confronting the cruelty of nature that the heroes of the Emirates turned into oases and groves of palm trees, and extracted fresh water from its interior.

It was documented by the enormous sacrifices, and they overcame the challenges they faced, and its land was the seat of the ancient capital nearly 200 years ago.

God has loved the homeland with carbon energy for decades, and solar energy a few years ago (Shams 1 solar power plant near Madinat Zayed, which operated on March 17, 2013, and it consists of 258,048 thousand mirrors on an area of ​​2.5 square kilometers with a production capacity of 100 megawatts).

Today, we began to harvest millions of kilowatts through clean nuclear production that takes into account the highest security standards and peaceful uses, to harvest the latest scientific and technical innovation that mankind has opened for, for economic security and to secure renewable and clean energy for a bright and sustainable future, through a complex structure regulated by national legislation, controls and laws under the authority’s umbrella. The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, followed by the councils, committees, and specialized working groups, reinforced by the establishment of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, followed by the establishment of the Nawah Energy Company in 2016, to assume responsibility for operating and maintaining the four plants in the Barakah Nuclear Energy Reactor (located in the Al Dhafra region in Abu Dhabi).

Nawah, the operator of the newest nuclear program in the world, and the first nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates and the region, will work on producing nuclear energy to generate electricity with low carbon emissions and provide safe, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly supplies. Nawah will generate up to 5,600 Megawatts of energy from the four plants, after operating according to the highest international safety standards, and will provide the equivalent of 25% of the UAE's electricity needs.

Perhaps the most important reflection of the national commitment is building a national team (50% citizens and 16% females), consolidating the national achievements that reached Mars, and developing a solid nuclear industry that is a model in localizing the industry and transferring advanced scientific knowledge from partners to turn it into an Emirati knowledge industry. Within a few years of contributing to becoming one of the leaders of this industry and one of the major contributors to its development, similar to what has been achieved in the Emirati aluminum industry, where the people of the country have succeeded in "localizing" this industry.

Choosing Al Dhafra to be the heart of the Emirati energy industry as carbon is not due to any human choice, and the continuation of this destiny with the grace of God and then the choice of leadership is due to reasons, some of which are the readiness of the infrastructure and the nature of the region, and the region’s entitlement to continue the heart of the future energy industry in the solar, nuclear, and soon hydrogen, to be the kiss of the nation’s competencies. And the cradle of energy security for the Emirates and the region, its beating heart, and the cradle of advanced Emirati future industries, let us celebrate, as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said, the last barrel of oil ... and let us start to the future from Liwa.


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