The Ministry was established with the rising of the United Arab Emirates in 1971 in the first Ministerial formation, and in 2004 the Ministry of Electricity and Water was merged with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to form together the “Ministry of Energy”. Further, in 2016 the Water portfolio was transferred to the Ministry to achieve the water security; and with the Ministerial amendment of 2017; the industry portfolio was also transferred to the Ministry that its name become “The Ministry of Energy and Industry”, to ensure the organization and suggestion of policies and developing future strategies for the development of the industrial sector; and in order to enhance the UAE efforts in the Fourth Industrial wealth, and increasing its efforts to raise the proportion of the National Industrial Content.
In contribution to achieve the 2021 Vision, the Ministry of Energy and Industry seeks to achieve the indicators of the national, competitive and strategic agenda in order to reach excellence and prosperity of the society. In addition, it seeks to highlight the pivotal role that the United Arab Emirates plays on the energy and industry map globally, and works on proposing and developing policies, legislations and strategies in coordination with all concerned authorities to achieve the security, sustainability and competitiveness of the energy, industry, water and mining sectors; and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.
The Ministry also develops plans and strategies, following up on their implementation, and preparing specialized and innovative studies and researches according to the international best practices. The Ministry conducts surveys, develops databases, and publishes information and statistics on relevant sectors.
The Ministry of Energy and Industry is keen to support and coordinate the efforts and launch the innovative and forward-looking initiatives. It succeeded in setting up the first National Energy Strategy 2050 at the regional level that was applied through the first Future laboratory at the state level; as well as launching the Water Security Strategy 2036 for the United Arab Emirates, and the National Strategy for Innovation in the water sector.
The Ministry supervises the operation of the UAE National Electricity and Water Network, in addition to coordinating with the distribution companies in the country regarding the deregulation of fuel prices in the country as of August 2015, and the adoption of a pricing mechanism in accordance with international prices as the decision to deregulate prices includes gasoline and diesel.
The Ministry of Energy and Industry works to provide services that meet the expectations of the customers and achieve their happiness and positivity. The number of the main services provided by the Ministry to the customers reaches 14 services, including: Energy Reporting Service, Geological Reports Service, Geophysical Reporting Service, Geological Films Service, Field Visit Service, and the service of the Industrial Production License; Geological Maps Service; Initial Approval Certificate Service, Customs Exemption Service, Preference Price Certificate Service, No Objection Certificate Service to Remove Clay Sediments from Dam Lakes, Ask Smart Energy Service, and an iron scrap export request service; and a Value-Added Certificate service provided through electronic communication interfaces and channels and the Ministry’s smart application.
The Ministry of Energy and Industry focuses on investing in human capital by attracting national and specialized competencies and raising capabilities to ensure the acquisition of knowledge that contributes to achieving accomplishments. The Ministry works to enhancing the role of women at work, and is sensitive to gender balance.