Ambassador Alkaabi helped lead the initial assessment of nuclear power in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and since then serves as a primary interlocutor on matters relating to nuclear energy and non-proliferation between the UAE Government and international organizations and governments, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He is currently the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA and was named in April 2008, by the UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as the Ministry’s Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation.
He has been personally involved in all key milestones of the UAE nuclear energy programme, including: (1) a nationwide energy assessment evaluating future UAE requirements and potential sources of electricity; (2) the drafting and release of the Policy of the United Arab Emirates on the Evaluation and Potential Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy; (3) national nuclear energy and nuclear liability legislations; (4) bilateral agreements relating to cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy between the UAE and other nations, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States; (5) oversight of the development of an independent nuclear safety regulator and the advancement of the UAE nuclear safety regulations, through his role as a Member of the Board of Management of FANR (Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation); and (6) interlocutor of the UAE high level participation in the Nuclear Security Summits as the Sherpa of the UAE in 2010 (Washington), 2012 (Seoul), and 2014 (The Hague) summits.
Ambassador Alkaabi was trained as a nuclear engineer, getting his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University in Indiana (USA) in nuclear engineering. His graduate work focused on nuclear safety.