July 6, 2009: The Government appoints the nuclear scientist Hamed Al Kaabi as ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency. A policy document outlining plans to build a fleet of atomic reactors is published
October 4, 2009: The federal government issues a law to banning uranium enrichment in its civil nuclear programme
December 17, 2009: The US and UAE sign the so-called 123 Agreement for nuclear cooperation between the two countries
December 23, 2009: The President Sheikh Khalifa establishes by decree the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) to develop the UAE nuclear power programme.
December 27, 2009: A Dh73.4bn contract is awarded to a South Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).
April 21, 2010: Barakah, 300 kilometres west of the capital, is chosen for the site of the plant.
October, 2010: The UAE is the first Arab country voted on to the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
July 18, 2012: Enec and Kepco begin pouring foundations.
August, 2012: Enec awards Dh11bn in contracts for 12,000 tonnes of uranium from American, British, Canadian, French and Russian companies.
2017: First reactor scheduled to go into operation.