x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

RAK residents turn out for public forum on the UAE’s nuclear programme

A nuclear forum to communicate the progress on the UAE's peaceful energy programme attracted more than 500 visitors.

Residents and dignitaries attend a public nuclear forum in Ras Al Khaimah yesterday. Courtesy The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
Residents and dignitaries attend a public nuclear forum in Ras Al Khaimah yesterday. Courtesy The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

ABU DHABI // More than 500 residents and dignitaries attended a public nuclear forum in Ras Al Khaimah yesterday.

Organised by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), the forum was the second held in the UAE this week.

“Since we launched the nuclear public forums four years ago, we have aimed to communicate our progress on the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme all across the country,” said Mohammed Al Hammadi, Enec’s chief executive. “Having organised 10 forums so far, attended by more than 4,500 people, we believe we are on the right track to achieve that.”

More than 500 people from RAK were in the audience as Enec executives and engineers gave an overview of how nuclear energy works. They provided insight and answered questions on topics including uranium, radiation, safety, efficiency and the impact of nuclear energy on the environment.

“We are pleased with the positive feedback and great support for the programme received from Ras Al Khaimah residents today and we will continue to organise our forums as construction on the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy programme moves on schedule,” said Khalaf Salim bin Anbar, the general director of the Emirates Association for Social Development. “Such forums take a lot of effort and dedication to put together.”

The forums, that have been held in various locations across the UAE, are all open to the public.

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