The Energy Year Abu Dhabi 2021


The Oil & Gas Year Abu Dhabi features dozens of energy industry leaders. Most of the interviews are only available in the report:

“Covid-19’s impact has been the acceleration of the energy transition worldwide.”
Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA

The Energy Year Abu Dhabi 2021 has been conceived and developed as a critical tool for understanding the successful energy transition taking place in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and, by extension, the wider Middle East. It is no surprise that energy industry leaders worldwide are looking to the leadership of the UAE as it pursues the long-term goal of a sustainable energy future via ambitious investments and development programmes in clean energy sources such as nuclear and solar energy.

“Even in the most drastic scenario in terms of demand, we will still need oil. For us the energy transition is about combining, in the smartest way, all types of technologies to achieve an affordable, reliable and cleaner energy for all.”
Christophe Sassolas, UAE Country Chair, TotalEnergies

The Energy Year Abu Dhabi 2021 showcases the progress made by all key industry players, both public and private, towards the ambitious UAE Energy Strategy 2050. The report features not only the most relevant oil and gas upstream and downstream projects, but the critical projects enabling the energy transition in the country such as the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, Noor Abu Dhabi Solar PV Plant, the upcoming Al Dhafra Solar PV Project and many others.

This tenth edition of The Energy Year’s Abu Dhabi series provides insight to potential investors on the government’s efforts to push the energy industry forwards, providing a clear picture of the UAE’s opportunities at a time when gas is becoming the key enabler of the energy transition.

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In this report

  • Abu Dhabi’s balanced and diversified energy transition Awaidha Murshed Ali AL MARAR Driving Abu Dhabi’s energy transition

    H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Ali AL MARAR



    Hydrogen technology has great potential to provide a clean, reliable, renewable and economical source of energy.
  • Christophe Sassolas Total UAE Total’s low-cost, low-carbon strategy in the UAE

    Christophe SASSOLAS

    President of Total E&P UAE and Total Country Chair for the UAE


    Gas-fired turbines can rapidly compensate for variations in renewable supply.
  • Enhanced project delivery at Ghasha

    Helge BEUTHAN

    Managing Director - United Arab Emirates


    The Ghasha project is cautiously but steadily moving ahead in the context of what has been a very challenging year for all of us.
  • Noor Sweihan Abdulla AL KAYOUMI Scale and sustainability at Noor Abu Dhabi

    Abdulla AL KAYOUMI



    Our tariff is highly competitive compared to that of conventional power plants, especially when considering the market value of gas.
  • Mothana BAHJEAT QTEISHAT Senior Managing Director - MEA JINKO POWER Capacity across the solar value chain


    Senior Managing Director - MEA


    Distributed energy has its own unique advantages in real know-how transfer and creating local jobs and industries.
  • Klaus Schick Abu Dhabi ILF Growth potential in Abu Dhabi

    Klaus SCHICK

    Managing Director


    When it comes to solar energy, the local market is quite competitive in the UAE.
  • Building the framework for gas self-sufficiency Dolphin Energy _Obaid-Abdulla-AL-DHAHERI Cleaner energy in the UAE

    Obaid Abdulla AL DHAHERI



    We’ve been able to support the transformation from old forms of energy to new, cleaner forms.

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