By -Bruno Sousa, Volker Weber, Saji Sam, and Bernhard Hartmann*

South Korea’s role in  helping the UAE launch its nuclear industry is symbolic. A relative newcomer compared to the US, Japan, or France, Korea grew its own industry from the ground up in order to cut energy costs, create jobs, and boost growth.

Today, a consortium led by state power utility Kepco, is working with the UAE to do the same thing. The joint Korean-UAE team is building four facilities in Abu Dhabi with...