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The Department of Energy was established in accordance with Law No. 11
of 2018 to enhance the energy sector and to keep pace with the global
developments in this sector


Who We Are

We are building a
sustainable future

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy was established in accordance with Law No. 11 of 2018 to implement various programmes, initiatives, and projects with the aim of achieving a sustainable society in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Guided by the visionary leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan—President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi—and inspired by the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan for a sound, secure, and sustainable economic future, the Department of Energy is responsible for the planning and direction of Abu Dhabi’s energy sector. Our role includes the formulation and implementation of public policies that drive the future direction and provisioning of the energy sector in all its forms.


The Department of Energy is tasked with developing strategic initiatives that diversify and secure energy sources for economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

These include the implementation of programmes designed to reduce or conserve energy consumption, and this increased efficiency will, in turn, deliver economic benefits to Abu Dhabi and its citizens.

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Powering our economy, sustaining our people, protecting our environment


Ensure reliable, safe and affordable energy services, developing our people and harnessing technology to support our economy, society and environment.

Strategic Initiatives

Establish strategic initiatives that deliver sustainable development in the energy sector and contribute to the economic and social growth of Abu Dhabi.

Future Energy

Plan Abu Dhabi's future energy requirements in accordance with its economic, environmental, and social sustainability objectives while coordinating with the relevant authorities.

Service and Quality

Achieve, maintain, and promote the highest levels of service and quality.


Work with government authorities and partners to maintain compliance with legislation and to keep pace with global developments in the energy industry.

Operational Plans

Propose strategic and operational plans—including future projects and expansions—for the UAE's energy sector, in coordination with the Executive Council.

Energy Partners

Assist and support energy partners in implementing and adhering to the strategic and executive plans for Abu Dhabi’s energy sector.

Build Awareness

Develop a clear strategy for the future of the petroleum and mineral resources sector and build awareness and understanding of this sector within the local community.

Facilitate Resources

Facilitate the integration of power production sources, including renewable energy and nuclear power.


'Our work environment is based on four key values'

and integrity

and delivery

People and

Commitment to our
land and peoples


Discovered the first offshore oil field

The Petroleum Development Company (Trucial States) discovered the first offshore oil field, and Abu Dhabi Marine Areas (ADMA) discovered oil at Umm Shaif.

Formation of a water and electricity management council

HH, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ordered the formation of a water and electricity management council, headed by HH Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

Diesel station installed in Sector E18

A diesel station, installed in Sector E18, included three 1100 kWh generators, which, by today’s standards, would provide barely enough power for three or four medium-sized (18-storey) buildings.

Energy production increased to 7.5 MW

Energy production was increased to 7.5 MW, and more distribution substations were added to provide energy for the buildings located on the Corniche.

Water and electricity departments merged

The water and electricity departments were merged under the Water and Electricity Department, and this department was chaired by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

Two Emirati engineers joined the team

Two Emirati engineers joined the team. They were Abdul Nasser Bin Howailel Al Mansouri and Sayah Bin Mousa Al Qubaisi. This marked the beginning of the planning of real water and electricity services in Abu Dhabi.

The first water distillation plant in Abu Dhabi was established

The first water distillation plant in Abu Dhabi was established. The emirate had three large plants: Umm Al Nar, Taweelah, and A Mirfa. These plants were capable of meeting the water and electricity demands of the emirate at that time.

Growth of the Electricity and Water sector to be the second largest sector in Abu Dhabi

(Electricity and water sector) It was the second largest sector in Abu Dhabi, after Oil & Gas sector.

The Privatisation Committee was formed

The Privatisation Committee was formed (1996) under the Crown Prince’s Decision No. 1 of 1996 concerning the establishment of the Privatisation Committee for the Water and Electricity Sector. The Water and Electricity Sector was restructured (1998) by the issuance of Law No. 2 of 1998, forming ADWEA, RSB, and 12 separate companies, including the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC) and four other water and electricity companies.

Establishment of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company

The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) was established.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize

HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, announced, during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the launch of the Zayed Future Energy Prize- a tribute to his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his legacy of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

ENEC is established

The ENEC was established in 2009 for the development of a peaceful nuclear energy programme.

First nuclear power plant in Baraka

The ground breaking for the first nuclear power plant occurred in Baraka.

Shams 1 project launched

The Shams 1 project was launched. It was built on a site of 2.5 square kilometres in the Western Region. Shams 1 is the largest CSP plant in operation in the world.

The world’s largest solar power plant

Noor Abu Dhabi, the world's largest independent solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi to supply the local grid with about 1177 MW of electricity in Sweihan.

The Department of Energy Established

The Department of Energy (DoE) was established as per the decision of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Law No. 11 of 2018, which regulates the energy sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

DOE announces Reverse Osmosis Independent Water Project at Taweelah

The Department of Energy (DoE) Abu Dhabi has announced the list of qualified companies to compete for the selection of a developer or developer consortium of the Independent Water Project (IWP) which will own up to 40 percent of the project’s share. The independent water plant project (IWP) will be established as per the laws of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates to produce 200 million gallons of desalinated water using reverse osmosis (RO) technology.


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Collaboration lies at the core of all our efforts.

We provide a platform for our partners to share their ideas concerning the sustainability, efficiency, and successful growth of the energy sector.

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