Nuclear power in the Middle East has appeared poised for dramatic growth for more than a decade. Iran’s nuclear power plant at Bushehr, the first of its kind in the Middle East, began producing electricity in 2011. Tehran has plans or proposals for additional 11 reactors, according to the World Nuclear Association. Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build 16 nuclear power reactors by 2040. The UAE has four nuclear power reactors under construction, the first of which is expected to come online later this year. Egypt, Turkey, and Jordan, are each pursuing the development nuclear energy at their own pace. The appearance of activity is impressive.