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​​​​At FANR we aim to promote a better understanding of our roles and responsibilities. Here are just some of the questions we get asked on a regular basis.​

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Questions about FANR

What purpose does FANR serve?
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation was established in 2009 to oversee the safety, security and peaceful uses of all the nation’s nuclear and radiation related activities.

What is FANR responsible for?
FANR is the independent government body charged with regulating and licensing nuclear activities in the UAE, which includes radioactive material and radiation sources used in the nuclear sector as well as in medical, research, oil exploration and other industries.

How does FANR keep the nation safe?
FANR is committed to meeting the highest international nuclear safety and security standards and has used strong quality management tools to create and enforce regulations that protect the people and the environment in the UAE from potential nuclear and radiation hazards.

Education, Training & Employment

Does FANR have a scholarship programme?
Yes, at FANR we remain dedicated to developing Emiratis in the nuclear sector. To this end we offer the following scholarship programmes to Emiratis
** MSc Nuclear Engineering (in the UAE only)
** BSc Chemical Engineering (in South Korea or the US)
** BSc Nuclear Engineering (in South Korea or the US)
** BSc Mechanical Engineering (in the UAE, US or South Korea)
** BSc Electrical Engineering (in South Korea or the US)
** ​Higher Diploma in Nuclear Technology (in the UAE only)​

Who is eligible to apply for the FANR scholarship programme?
The eligibility criteria for our scholarship programmes are as follows
** Must be an Emirati
** Maximum age of 20 years old

** Must hold a UAE Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in Science with a minimum overall pass mark of 85% [for students without the SSC, the requirements must be approved by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research]

** Must not have any commitments to any other scholarship programme/li>

Proof of English language proficiency, which may take one of the following forms:
TOEFL (internet based test): 70 or above
IELTS: 6.0 or above

** Must demonstrate mathematics competency in the SAT 1 Math component of 580, as a minimum​​

Does FANR provide training for radiation protection officers?
Unfortunately not. FANR only provides training for the radiation protection officers in FANR’S own Radiation Safety Department.

I’m interested in a job at FANR, where can I submit my CV?
​CVs can be sent to​

I have submitted my CV via the FANR website but have not received a reply?
​Thank you for your interest in FANR. You will be contacted if your experience and qualifications meet the criteria of the positions available at FANR. ​


Who should have a FANR licence?
​All users of radioactive material and sources of ionising radiation in the UAE must have a licence from FANR in accordance with Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

For which purposes can I use a FANR licence?
A FANR licence can be used for any of the following purposes
** Diagnostic Radiology
** Gauges
** Industrial Radiography
** Irradiator
** Medicine/ Dental
** Nuclear Medicine
** Radiotherapy
** Research/ Education
** Security Screening
** Training
** Well Logging

For further information, please see Article 25 of the Federal Law by Decree No 6 of 2009, Concerning the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

Where can I obtain the application form for a licence?
​The application form for a FANR licence can be found by clicking on the ‘e-services’ tab on the homepage of this website.

If I apply for a licence, how long does it usually take to receive it?
​It usually takes two to three months to apply for a FANR licence, provided that the application form has been completed correctly.

Who should I contact if I have any queries on licensing?
​If you have any queries related to licensing, please feel free to contact us by email on fanr.licensing @ or by calling 02 6516 644/ 771/ 750.

Can I check the status of my licence application?
​Yes, you can by simply providing us with your licence application number via e-mail to fanr.licensing @ or by calling the FANR licensing section in the Radiation Safety Department directly on 02 6516 644/ 771/ 750

Nuclear Power Plants

How does the nuclear power plant design for the UAE protect the population?
The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is designed around a defence-in-depth strategy, which is the cornerstone of any design basis to ensure the safety of a nuclear power plant and to prevent accidents.

This strategy provides at least three successive barriers between the radioactive material and harmful effects of radiation on people.

The barriers are supported by independent safety systems designed to protect their integrity and provide a reliable containment of all radioactive material within the nuclear power plant.

Compliance with FANR regulations ensures that the health and safety of the public is adequately protected when the nuclear power plant is in operation.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), the operator, is responsible for preventing accidents as its top safety priority.

How will the nuclear power plant in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi work?
The Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will work no differently to a nuclear power plant that is used to generate electricity.

In order to generate electricity, heat is converted into steam, which in turn drives a turbine and generator to produce electricity.

For example, conventional fossil fuel power plants burn coal, oil or gas for heat to make steam, but the heat from nuclear power plants is generated when the atoms of a material like uranium is split into smaller atoms, and in the process (called nuclear reaction) they produce heat to make steam.

As with fossil fuel power plants, the steam drives a turbine and generator to produce electricity.

Radiation Protection & Radioactive Sources

What are the permissible dose limits for occupational and public exposures to radiation?
The permissible dose limits can be found in Articles 10 and 11 of FANR Regulation 24 on the Basic Safety Standards for Facilities and Activities involving Ionizing Radiation other than in Nuclear Facilities.

What happens to hospital and industrial radioactive waste?
Most radioactive sources such as those used in oil exploration are returned to the original supplier of the radioactive sources. Many sources used in medicine decay quickly to the point where they can be safely treated as normal hospital waste.

For other radioactive material such as that used in industry, medium-term storage is required.

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