Is Dubai wise to diversify its power generation?

Could Gulf countries learn from Dubai's energy diversification move?

Dubai is planning on reducing its gas-powered electricity generation from 90% to 70% as part of a 20-year plan.
Dubai is planning on reducing its gas-powered electricity generation from 90% to 70% as part of a 20-year plan.

Dubai's Supreme Council of Energy is planning to reduce the Emirate's dependence on gas consumption for its electricity genertion needs from 90% to 70% as part of its plans to diversify its energy sources.

Nejib Zaafrani, CEO of the Council's planning body said that it is is studying plans to start producing power from clean coal and solar energy by 2020 and from nuclear plants by 2030.

Whilst Dubai is a rich hub of business and real estate activity, it hardly produces enough oil to support its burgeoning infrastructure - the Emirate produces less than 4% of the UAE's oil.

We'd like to know whether or not you believe the initiative taken by Dubai to broaden its energy sources serves as a model for the rest of the Gulf region. If you live in the region, would you support such policies in your country, and what, if any steps is your government taking to diversify its fossil fuel-powered generation needs?

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