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The ISA Countries section of ISA InfoPedia comprises country-specific pages where ISA Members provide information on news, policies, best practices, tenders etc.

United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in Western Asia. The sovereign constitutional monarchy is a federation of seven emirates consisting of Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain and had a population of 9.7 million in 2018. The official language is Arabic and Dubai is the largest city.

Although UAE has the most diversified and second largest economy in the GCC, the UAE's economy remains extremely reliant on oil. With the exception of Dubai, most of the UAE is dependent on oil revenues. Petroleum and natural gas continue to play a central role in the economy, especially in Abu Dhabi. In addition to the country’s large hydrocarbon economy, the UAE is becoming one of the world’s most important financial centers and a major trading center in the Middle East.

A huge percentage of generated power in UAE is used to desalinate seawater. Most of the power and water capacity is in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Both Sharjah and the northern emirate have limited power generation capacity, and thus purchase electricity from the Emirates National Grid.

The power sector in the UAE comprises of regional autonomous entities that independently manage their power. The development of specific regulations and policy mechanisms are generally handled by the governments of each emirate. Most of these regional entities have a vertically integrated power structure except for Abu Dhabi. Overarching guidance on renewable energy is provided by the Ministry of Energy and Industry (MOEI) and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE).

The UAE is also the largest and fastest growing solar market in the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) boasting an attractive investment landscape. Solar PV has been the leading technology, while Solar Power (CSP) is the second largest technology by installed capacity. Rooftop solar programmes remain a niche market in the GCC, with the UAE taking the lead through small scale schemes to encourage rooftop applications.

NFP Details: 

Mr. Ali Aziz Abdullah Al-Shafar

Phone- +971-24931520

Mail: a.alshafar@mofa.gov.ae 

Photovoltaic Map: 
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Floating solar plants in UAE

Article on Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, issuing a request for proposal, RFP, for appointing consultants to study, develop and construct floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf.

Webpage/Web Article

Solar boats and electric buses in UAE

Article on UAE starting to power its public transport with renewable energy, setting a sustainable example for the wider Gulf

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Sweihan photovoltaic independent power project

Article on Sweihan power project,a 1,177MW solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project (IPP) being constructed in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is expected to become the world’s biggest solar PV plant upon completion

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Dubai port operator plans largest solar plant

Article on Port operator DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), a free economic zone at the western end of Dubai, launching the UAE’s first green storage and warehouse facilities and is set to install 88,000 PV modules across its Dubai facilities' rooftops.

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Emirate reveals 1.2 GW solar ambitions

Article on Ras Al Khaimah’s municipality saying it would look to build out 600MW of rooftop solar and 600MW of utility-scale projects.

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UAE launches 2 GW tender

Article on Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) launching a 2GW solar tender in February 2019.

Pages

Website

Department of Energy (DoE-AD)

Develops and implements policies and legislation for the energy sector, including energy and water conservation and renewables deployment. It acts as a regulator for the power sector through its Regulation & Supervision Bureau.

Available in multiple languages: English | Arabic
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Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company (ADWEC)

ADWEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA).

The key role of ADWEC is to act as a guarantor of the security of supply of electricity and water to consumers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Available in multiple languages: English | Arabic
Website

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Develops strategies, devises policies, conducts auctions, buys renewable energy power from IPPs and implements net-metering.

Available in multiple languages: English | Arabic
Website

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE)

Primarily responsible for international and domestic climate change affairs, environment, green development, air quality management, waste management, agriculture, fisheries, livestock and biodiversity.

Available in multiple languages: English | Arabic
Website

Ministry of Energy and Industry (MOEI)

Develops and implements general policies and legislation for the energy sector, including energy and water conservation and renewable energy deployment.

Available in multiple languages: English | Arabic
Legal/Regulatory Document

Renewables Standards

National standards for renewable energy

Presentation

UAE Vision 2021

Describes the vision for development of different sectors of the economy

Report

UAE State Of Green Economy Report 2017

Reports by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment provides an overview of public and private efforts and a benchmarking of the country’s current standing through performance indicators that measure the progress of green development.

Research Project

Renewable Energy Prospects

Analyses the energy sector and the share of renewables, with research on their costs and ways to boost their development

Website

IRENA RE Resource

Renewable energy resources by IRENA