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UAE launches Barakah nuclear facility



The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched its first nuclear power plant in the Persian Gulf.

The nuclear plant was previously planned to be launched in 2017, but has been delayed due to security concerns.

The nuclear power plant, named Barakah, was built to meet the United Arab Emirates’ electricity demand which is expected to produce one-fourth of the electricity it needs in the country.

In addition to nuclear energy, the United Arab Emirates is investing heavily in solar energy, seeing as there is plenty of sun in the Gulf region.

However, some energy experts are questioning the new Barakah station. They explained that solar power generation was easier and cheaper, and that it was more appropriate for such a volatile region.

Last year, Qatar called the new nuclear plant a threat to regional peace and stability.

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