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Nuclear plant cabinet meet stresses youth’s role

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the latest developments of the UAE's nuclear energy programme.

The UAE is on track to fulfil its aspirations and be a "pioneering country" thanks to the "tireless efforts and proficiency" of its Emirati human resources, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said.

He said this while chairing a cabinet meeting on Sunday at the Barakah nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra area on Sunday. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

"Under the leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and follow up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today we are leading the regional and global efforts in clean and renewable energy, and building a generation for the future," Sheikh Mohammed said. "We pin our hopes on a young generation that is armed with knowledge and modern sciences to lead national initiatives and projects and run them."

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the latest developments of the UAE's nuclear energy programme - the largest peaceful nuclear energy project in the world.

He toured the under-construction plant and visited the simulation training centre that is used in training the staff to run the plant.

During a meeting with a group of engineers and Emirati administrators charged with operating the Barakah plant, Sheikh Mohammed hailed their team spirit.

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"The energy sector is a key component in the UAE Centennial Plan 2071, which aims to make the UAE the best country in the world. This safe, sustainable and eco-friendly nuclear power will have an important role in the future of the country."

The Barakah plant, he said, is a strategic project in which Emiratis will account for 60 per cent of the staff. The project will offer job opportunities in the areas of engineering, advanced technology and future science, he stressed.

For the Dh89 billion project, contracts worth more than Dh11 billion have been awarded to 1,400 Emirati companies till the end of 2016.