Country Profile: United Arab Emirates


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a constitutional monarchy and federation of seven emirates located on the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by Saudi Arabia and Oman. The vast majority of its population are expatriates, drawn by one of the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world and consequently a relatively strong economy.

Capital: Abu Dhabi

There are no nuclear research reactors in the UAE. The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant is currently under construction and will be the first such plant on the Arabian Peninsula. Barakah will contain four pressurized water reactors that are expected to produce some 5600MW of power and become operational by 2020. The power plant is the result of a contract between the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and the Korea Electric Power Corporation, concluded in 2009.


          • Member of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) since 1970
          • Member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 1976
          • Signed Arms Trade Treaty in 2013
          • Signed Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in 1972
            • Ratified in 2008
          • Signed Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1993
            • Ratified in 2000
          • Signed Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996
            • Ratified in 2000
          • Acceded to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 2009
          • Acceded to the Outer Space Treaty in 2000
          • Acceded to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) in 2003
          • Acceded to International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT) in 2008 (with reservation)
          • Acceded to the Treaty for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1995


          • Member of the Arab League
          • Member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
          • Member of OPEC
          • Member of the Gulf Cooperation Council
          • Member of the Asia-Pacific Group
          • Member of the G-77


Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

UN State Summary

Ratification of Treaties & Membership in International Organizations Related to Disarmament