The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s first nuclear power plant started commercial operations on Tuesday.
According to the reports, the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi state is the first nuclear power plant of UAE, and also first in the Arab world.
Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said on Twitter that,
“The first megawatt from the first Arab nuclear plant has entered the national power grid.”
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan too lauded the “historic milestone”.
“The start of commercial operations at the Barakah nuclear energy plant is a historic milestone for the UAE that significantly enhances the sustainability of our entire power sector,” he tweeted.
Earlier, UAE becomes the 5th country that successfully sent a spacecraft to mars, this is a big step towards the space program for UAE.
UAE has named its space aircraft “Hope” and it is designed to orbit Mars and study the Martian atmosphere using three scientific instruments on board the spacecraft.
The strategy for the spacecraft is to enter a high orbit between 13,500 by 27,000 miles high. From this vantage point, the spacecraft will observe the weather down on Mars.
According to the space agency, Hope will improve understanding of circulation and weather in the Martian lower and middle atmosphere. The space agency also lives stream of its space aircraft.
Sarah al-Amiri minister of state for advanced technology said,
“Anything that slightly goes wrong and you lose the spacecraft.”
The UAE hopes to motivate a new generation of scientists and space travelers with the $200 million mission.
“This mission was never about just reaching Mars,” said Omran Sharaf, Amal’s project manager. “Mars is just a means for a much bigger objective.”