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UAE's nuclear plant fuels fears of Middle East arms race

World's largest reactor seen as a threat to stability in highly charged region

The UAE's Barakah nuclear facility will likely push other Arab nations to invest more in their own nuclear ambitions. (Photo courtesy of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation)

DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates will soon become the newest player on the nuclear stage as it prepares to open the Arab world's first nuclear power plant.

State-run Korea Electric Power Corporation of South Korea is finishing work on four nuclear reactors in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi. Known as Barakah and owned by Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, the plant is scheduled to go online later this month with a capacity of 5.6 gigawatts.

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