The UAE is championing a low carbon economy after stating that up to a quarter of its electricity could be generated from nuclear energy by 2020.
"Nuclear energy emerged as the right choice for the UAE to diversify its electricity supply," commented Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, the UAE's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
However, after radiation dangers have emerged from a Japanese nuclear power plant after the country suffered an earthquake and tsunami last week, Ambassador Al Kaabi said that the UAE has "recognised the importance and responsibility" of nuclear safety.
"We are developing a programme that is based on the best practices of the global nuclear energy sector, using proven technology that meets the highest international standards for safety and performance," he said.
Plans will see the first nuclear plant to be connected to the Abu Dhabi grid by 2017, supplying electricity to residents and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
The UAE has become one of the largest research hubs for renewable energy, creating the first wholly-sustainable urban city, Masdar near Abu Dhabi.