February 3, 2012

A Nuclear Arabia

Yochi Dreazen, National Journal

AP Photo

BRAKA, United Arab Emirates"”The United Arab Emirates, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is a land of firsts. Dubai, its richest city, has the first indoor ski slope and the first "seven star" luxury hotel. Abu Dhabi, its capital, has the first roller coaster capable of traveling from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds; now it's building the first branch of the Louvre Museum outside of France.

Here at Braka, a windswept patch of desert 167 miles west of Abu Dhabi, a very different kind of first is taking shape. With American support, the Emirati government is building the Arab world's first"”and, for the moment, only"”nuclear-power plant. On a recent afternoon, workers in hard...

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TAGGED: Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Nuclear Weapons


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