THE UAE’S FIRST NUCLEAR PROGRAM
The first Arab state to bring nuclear power to the Gulf, the UAE has
begun a four-reactor construction program at the Barakah power plant
in Abu Dhabi. Projects worth US$20 billion have begun on all four reactors, with the first slated to come online by 2017. When the program is
finished in 2020, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. expects the reactors to
supply 25 percent of the country’s electricity.
Five notable initiatives showcase the UAE’s ability to think big.
DUBAI DESIGN DISTRIC T
Covering about 21 million square feet ( 2 million square meters), the Dubai Design District project—also known
as D3—aims to establish the city as an international design and fashion destination. Expected to cost AED8
billion, the project will include retail space for small boutiques as well as prominent brands, artist workshops,
luxury hotels and office space. Its first AED4 billion phase is scheduled to close in 2015.
An artist’s impression
of the proposed Dubai