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Excerpted from the United Arab Emirates Guide.


In the rapidly growing UAE, demand for electricity is anticipated to increase up to 50 percent by 2020, according to Kuick Research. The UAE also has one of the world’s highest per capita levels of power consumption, and its rate of expansion is expected to be one of the highest in the Middle East.

Last year, more than 90 percent of total electricity generated came from thermal based sources in UAE. Most of that power is fuelled by oil and natural gas, but the government is eager to develop renewable sources of power, including clean coal and nuclear power.

The nation plans to invest more than 50 billion USD in the sector over the next three years. In fact, until 2020, private sector investment in the power sector is projected to reach up to 100 billion USD.

Renewable Energy

With renewable energies poised to capture a considerable segment of the global energy mix, the UAE, along with other Gulf countries, is exploring and investing in the use of its abundant solar resources. Solar projects are split between solar photovoltaic and solar thermal applications, according to Ventures Middle East.

Biofuel initiatives include the UAE’s biodiesel plant in Al Ain Industrial City. Though use of geothermal energy is limited, the drilling of two geothermal wells in the UAE’s Masdar City shows some progress in this field. The UAE may become the first Middle East country “with a civilian nuclear energy program of significant scale,” according to Ventures Middle East.

Areas of Job Promise

A recent Middle East Job Index Survey found construction, oil, gas and petrochemicals, and telecommunications were among the industries that attract and retain top talent in the UAE, according to Lama Ataya, chief marketing officer at Middle East job portal Bayt.com.

The survey also found candidates with degrees in engineering-related fields have an edge over other jobseekers in the region. Twenty-six percent of employers in the UAE would like to see engineering graduates and postgraduates join their organization. Applicants who speak both English and Arabic are being sought by a majority of employers.

Organizations and Trade Unions

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – UAE Section
The UAE Section, established in 1987, is part of Region 8 of the IEEE organization, whose vision is “to advance global prosperity by fostering technological innovation, enabling members' careers and promoting community worldwide." The mission of the section is “to reach this vision by promoting the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing and applying knowledge about electro-technologies and sciences. This engineering process promotion is achieved through publishing periodicals, books, standards, conference proceedings, electronic products and mixed media.” Contact information is available on the website.


ConstructionWeek /ConstructionWeek Online
A publication of the ITP Publishing Group, publisher of more than 80 weekly and monthly magazines in the UAE, Construction Week covers all aspects of the construction industry and keeps its readers up to date with the latest news, trends, and projects in the region. It includes in-depth interviews, features and special reports as well as a project focus section that gives full details on upcoming projects across the Gulf, enabling clients to source leads and spot current business opportunities. Registered users have access to a range of industry-related e-mail newsletters and recruitment services plus a number of other online services. Registered users can also upload their résumés to the site and apply for jobs online, and they have access to a range of job information at http://www.constructionweekonline.com/jobs/. Registration is free.

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete United Arab Emirates Guide.

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