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ICAPP 2020

Abu Dhabi

About ICAPP 2020

The International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP) provides a forum for leaders of the nuclear community to exchange information, present results from their work, review the state of the industry, and discuss future directions and needs for the deployment of new nuclear power plant systems around the world.

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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) was established by decree in December 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. ENEC is charged with leading the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program and building the Barakah Nuclear Energy plant, the first of its kind in the Arab World. The Barakah plant comprises four Korean technology APR1400 reactor units, and is located in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, UAE. The overall construction completion of the 4 units of Barakah plant is now more than 93%.

Construction of Unit 1 is now complete and the unit is currently undergoing commissioning and testing, prior to regulatory review and receipt of the Operating License for Unit 1, from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), with the loading of the first nuclear fuel assemblies scheduled to take place in early 2020. When all four units of the Barakah plant are operational, the plant will supply around 25% of the UAE’s electricity needs while preventing the release of 21 million tons of carbon emissions per year.


Site visits to Barakah are planned in conjunction with ICAPP 2020. To be confirmed.

Executive Chairs 



Honorary Chairs:

Dr. Arif Al Hammadi

Executive Vice President, Khalifa University

General Chairs:

Dr. Philip Beeley

Professor and Chair, Nuclear Engineering Department,

Khalifa University

Dr. Mohamed Chookah

VP – Fuel, Waste, Research & Development, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno

Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT

Technical Program Chair:

Dr. Yassin A. Hassan

Chair in Engineering and Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University

Dr. Youssef Shatilla

Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department, Khalifa University

Abu Dhabi

Meaning 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm ('barasti') huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's fort. 


This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.  Abu Dhabi is one of the safest cities in the world.

In March, the average temperature in Abu Dhabi is 28°C (83°F) in the peak of the afternoon.  At night the temperature dips to a cooler 18°C (65°F).

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Khalifa University 

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), and the Petroleum Institute (PI) into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering.

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