5 Renewable Energy Initiatives By The United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates has an international reputation for being a forerunner of unprecedented innovations and technology. It was, therefore, unsurprising to see the country being the first to kick start projects to promote the use of renewable energy and decrease its dependence on fossil fuels. If you are interested in the five most exciting projects of the UAE Renewable energy projects you should check out the section below. 

5 Renewable Energy Projects by the United Arab Emirates

Al Dhafra Solar Project

The Al Dhafra Solar Project is rumored to be the UAE’s largest solar project. It is the world’s largest single-site Solar plant, aiming to increase the country’s solar production capacity to 3.2GW. The Al Dhafra Solar Project is the first of its kind regarding innovation and effectiveness. Suppose the project successfully kicks in with the highest level of functionality. In that case, it can completely change the trajectory of renewable energy effectiveness as we know it now. 

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is rumored to be the largest solar park in the world. In a mind-blowing manner, it aims to save about 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions by increasing its power production capacity to 5,000 MW by 2030. The solar plant began functioning in 2013, and its objective is to create a renewable energy source for Dubai by reducing carbon emissions in the city. In 2017, the park was officially made functional, and it was to produce 50,000  MW of clean energy for residents. The project is currently in its fifth stage.

Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 is a commitment by the United Arab Emirates to transform the city into an immaculate global city by 2050. Specifically, the strategy aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16%, making Dubai the world’s clean energy city. Another beautiful goal of the process is to contribute at least 75% of its energy from clean sources. Interestingly, every territory within the UAE is wholly aligned with the 2050 strategy, and the country has kick-started several projects to realize this strategy.

DEWA’s Shams Dubai Initiative

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority is the brainchild behind the Shams Dubai Initiative. The authority encourages homeowners to make PV panels available on their building tips to encourage generating clean and efficient power. Every customer or building owner will take responsibility for the PV panel they decide to install. As a cherry on top, those with solar panels installed have their monthly electricity bills reduced. Suppose it happens that the power is not fully exhausted for the month. In that case, the surplus energy is gathered and remitted back to DEWA further to reduce next month’s bills for the customer. 

Floating Solar Plant

The UAE recently made the world’s first floating solar power plant. The power plant is on the Zaya Nurai, Abu Dhabi Island. This floating plant is to provide power for the residents of Zaya Nurai, a resort on the Island. The initial plan that necessitated the floating solar panel was to build an alternative energy source without taking up the little space that the Island offers. This project has boomed beyond its projection, and now the government of the UAE is looking to apply the floating solar plant on the islands all over the Emirates.


The UAE is certainly keeping up with its reputation as a technologically forward country. It has continuously sought never-seen innovations to pursue its strategies for a cleaner future. From the look of things, the country still has some tricks up its sleeves. We are ready to witness it. 

Last Updated on March 19, 2024 by News Editor

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