The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has designated February 16 as the Professional Day of Nuclear and Radiation Sector Workers. The move was recently approved by the UAE Cabinet to recognize and appreciate the contributions of people working in the nuclear and radiation sector.
This day will be observed annually to honor the hard work and dedication of professionals in the nuclear and radiation industry, as well as their role in the sustainable development of the UAE. The decision also reflects the UAE’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its workforce, especially those involved in critical sectors such as nuclear and radiation.
The UAE has been actively developing its nuclear program in recent years, with the construction of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant being one of its most significant milestones. The plant is the first nuclear energy facility in the Arab world and is expected to generate 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs once fully operational.
The creation of the Professional Day of Nuclear and Radiation Sector Workers reflects the UAE’s efforts to develop and promote nuclear safety and security culture within the country. It also aims to raise awareness about the importance of nuclear energy as a sustainable and clean source of power and highlight the valuable contributions of professionals in the industry.
The day will be celebrated by a variety of activities and events to recognize and honor workers in the nuclear and radiation sector. These activities will include educational seminars, conferences, and workshops to promote the latest advances and technologies in the industry.
The UAE’s nuclear program is an essential part of its efforts to diversify its energy sources, reduce its carbon footprint, and achieve its ambitious sustainability goals. By designating February 16 as the Professional Day of Nuclear and Radiation Sector Workers, the UAE demonstrates its commitment to building a thriving and innovative nuclear industry while ensuring the safety and well-being of its workforce.
Overall, the recognition of professionals in the nuclear and radiation sector will encourage and motivate more individuals to pursue careers in this field, thereby contributing to the continued development and progress of the industry in the UAE.
Barakah Unit 1 licence
The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, is the first nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates. It is a significant milestone in the UAE’s efforts to diversify its energy sources and reduce its reliance on traditional fossil fuels. The plant is set to generate up to 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs once fully operational, providing a cleaner and more sustainable energy source for the country.
On February 16, 2020, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) issued the license to operate unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. This license marked a significant achievement for the UAE, as it became the first country in the region to construct and operate a nuclear reactor. The issuance of the license followed rigorous inspections and tests conducted by FANR, ensuring that the plant met all the necessary safety and security standards.
Speaking at the event, Hamad Ali Al Kaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of FANR said: “The annual celebration of this Professional Day will shed light on the success stories, the achievements and tireless efforts made by the workers in both the nuclear and radiation sectors in the UAE. In 2008, the UAE introduced its peaceful nuclear programme, which it has been developing over the years.
The day will generate more awareness among the community about the efforts and achievements of nuclear and radiation workers, leading towards further scientific advancement and knowledge transfer, which is in line with the UAE government vision “We the UAE 2031”.