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Alternative Energy in the UAE: The Potential of Biofuels Sourced from Ras Al Khaimah Mangroves

M. Merheb, R. Matar, M. Soleimani, J. Marton, K. A. Youssef, R. Hodeify, N. Shafiq
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By analyzing the abundant microorganisms in the naturally occurring mangroves of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this policy paper discusses the feasibility of a future where the emirate invests in biofuels sourced from its mangroves as opposed to using conventional methods of fuel production and usage, which can have negative impacts on the environment and economy. It explores the successes and challenges of each phase of biofuel technology innovation, so that the previous trials and errors can help decision makers critically assess the potentials of utilizing biofuels in current technology as well as in future projects. This paper finds that currently it is possible to use the existing mangroves as a source of fungi for biofuel production, but more investment is needed to support industrial-level production. It concludes with policy recommendations for supporting future research, implementing long-term energy solutions that address the UAE’s environmental and economic concerns, and encouraging future leaders and innovators to think local in addressing global problems.

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Author affiliations:

Maxime Merheb, American University of Ras Al Khaimah 

Rachel Matar, American University of Ras Al Khaimah 

Milad Soleimani, University of Texas at Arlington 

John Marton, American University of Ras Al Khaimah 

Kamel Abou Youssef, American University of Ras Al Khaimah 

Rawad Hodeify, American University of Ras Al Khaimah 

Nausheen Shafiq, American University of Ras Al Khaimah 

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18502/aqf.0091

Recommended citation: Merheb, M., Matar, R., Soleimani, M., Marton, J., Youssef, K. A., Hodeify, R., & Shafiq, N. (2018). Alternative Energy in the UAE: The Potential of Biofuels Sourced from Ras Al Khaimah Mangroves (Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research Policy Paper No. 28). doi:10.18502/aqf.0091