UAE: Arab world’s first nuclear power plant raises stakes in the Persian Gulf. The United Arab Emirates will turn on the Arab world’s first nuclear power plant in just a few months. In the charged atmosphere of the Persian Gulf, what are the risks? In the wider region, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey also have nuclear programs with varying ambitions.”It’s the wrong reactor, in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” said Paul Dorfman, a senior researcher at the international expert body Nuclear Consulting Group (NCG). “It’s not safe enough … it wouldn’t be allowed to be built in Europe, and the Gulf region is militarily volatile, as we’ve seen with the attack on Saudi oil,” Dorfman said referring to the 2019 drone and missile attacks that knocked out half of the world’s top oil exporter’s production. A December report Dorfman wrote for the NCG said the four plants under construction in the UAE are being built without emergency containment features that are required in Europe. Cracks had also been previously found in two of the concrete structures housing the reactors.
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