David Cameron will push for massive new Middle Eastern investment in Britain's energy production on Tuesday - including cash for windfarms, nuclear energy and North Sea oil.

The Prime Minister will meet the heads of three of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the United Arab Emirates as he bids to persuade them to make further major investment in the energy industry.

It is the premier's latest attempt to secure a share of some of the £440 billion-plus cash surplus held by the oil-rich state to boost Britain's ailing economy.

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Cameron is on a trade and diplomacy mission in the Gulf states.

On Monday he was criticised for acting like "a travelling salesman for the arms industry" as he pushed for investment in military fighter jets.

Cameron has been open about his desire to sell arms to the Saudis, the UAE and Oman.

SEE ALSO: David Cameron Under Fire For Gulf Arms Deals

A week after the coalition was hit by a public split over whether to continue building turbines in the countryside, Mr Cameron will put the focus firmly on harnessing wind energy.

Among those involved in a breakfast meeting to discuss potential future deals is Masdar, which contributed almost £500 million to the giant 175-turbine £1.7 billion London Array wind farm off the coast of Essex and Kent which came on stream last month and is due to power 47,000 UK homes.

He will also discuss with the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) a tax break announced by Chancellor George Osborne to encourage firms to seek to exploit older and deeper oil fields using new techniques.

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David Cameron takes the Dubai Metro to the World Trade Centre with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum on Monday

And the talks will include the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, (ENEC) which is considering investment in plans for a new generation of nuclear plants boosted by Hitachi taking on the £700 million Horizon deal last week.

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Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the World Trade Centre in Dubai

Mr Cameron hailed the importance of renewable energy, telling students at a question and answer session in Abu Dhabi that countries needed to provide cleaner electricity to meet rising demand "as you move to electric vehicles from petrol vehicles".

"If we want to meet targets for reducing carbon emissions we have to recognise that we must try to meet all of that demand either from nuclear or renewable sources or, where necessary, gas though we should be looking at carbon capture and storage projects" he said.

"We mustn't see this as only a cost and an obligation; we should see it as an opportunity."

In an interview with The National newspaper in the Emirates he said: "Emirati investment in the UK across a range of sectors - including real estate, banking, sport and infrastructure - is vital to our economy back in Britain. So we will continue to do all we can to make the UK an attractive and accessible investment destination".

Mr Cameron will move on to Saudi Arabia later today where he is due to hold talks with King Abdullah and other senior figures on issues such as Iran, Syria and anti-terrorism work.

But the latest leg of his three-day tour is bound to be dogged again by controversy over his push for trade - including arms deals - with countries which have faced criticism for their human rights records.

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  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: British Prime Minister David Cameron (4th L) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

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    British Prime Minister David Cameron (C-L), Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (C-R) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to Jordan Andrew Harper (R) walk in the Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian town of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on November 7, 2012. Cameron vowed to do more to help end the bloody crisis in Syria as he made a surprise visit to the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp following a three-day Middle Eastern tour. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: Syrian refugees watch as British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: Syrian refugee children watch as British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: Syrian refugee children watch as British Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

  • David Cameron Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

    ZAATARI, JORDAN - NOVEMBER 7: British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) arrives at Al Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees , on November 7, 2012 in north east Jordan. The camp sees some 500 people arriving daily and Cameron is thought to the first G20 leader to have visited. Cameron's visit comes ahead of talks with armed Syrian rebels. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

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    Prime Minister David Cameron talks to a refugee from Syria in the reception centre at the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Jordan at the Royal Palace in Amman today. Earlier he visited the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron tours the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Jordan at the Royal Palace in Amman today. Earlier he visited the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron talks to border guards on the Syrian - Jordanian border near the Al Wahdah dam. Mr Cameron saw the path taken by Syrian refugees and he later went to the Za'atri camp and met Syrian families who have escaped across the border.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron talks to border guards on the Syrian - Jordanian border near the Al Wahdah dam. Mr Cameron saw the path taken by Syrian refugees and he later went to the Za'atri camp and met Syrian families who have escaped across the border.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron looks into Syria from the Jordanian border near the Al Wahdah dam. Mr Cameron saw the path taken by Syrian refugees and he later went to the Za'atri camp and met Syrian families who have escaped across the border.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets children and teachers in a classroom at the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets children and teachers in a classroom at the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron meets female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah during his one day visit to Saudi Arabia today. Earlier Cameron met King Abdullah at his official residence.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah during his one day visit to Saudi Arabia today. Earlier Cameron met King Abdullah at his official residence.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron tours the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah during his one day visit to Saudi Arabia today. Earlier Cameron met King Abdullah at his official residence.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah during his one day visit to Saudi Arabia.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah during his one day visit to Saudi Arabia.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah during his one day visit to Saudi Arabia today. Earlier Cameron met King Abdullah at his official residence.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Jordan at the Royal Palace in Amman today. Earlier the PM visited the Za'atri refugee camp near the Syrian - Jordanian border where he met Syrian families who have escaped across the border into Jordan from the Assad regime.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron receives the King Abdullah Decoration One from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron receives the King Abdullah Decoration One from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today accompanied by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond (left).

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today accompanied by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond (left).

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today where he met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron receives the King Abdullah Decoration One from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron receives the King Abdullah Decoration One from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the Palace of the King in Jeddah today.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia arrives in Jeddah greeted by the Governor of Mecca, Khalid al Faisal. Later he went onto to meet King Abdullah at the Palace of the King where they had lunch and bilateral meetings.

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    In this handout photos made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, shakes hands with President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed at al Nahyan at Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Cameron is on a three day visit to Gulf states. (AP Photo/WAM)

  • David Cameron, Khalifa bin Zayed

    In this handout photos made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, British Prime Minister David Cameron, fifth left, walks with with President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed at al Nahyan, fifth right, at Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Cameron is on a three day visit to Gulf states. (AP Photo/WAM)

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron is welcomed by Government ministers to the Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi after meeting President of the UAE HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan where they held a bilateral meeting, during his three day visit to Gulf states.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron is welcomed to the Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi by the President of the UAE HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan where they held a bilateral meeting. Cameron is on a three day visit to Gulf states.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron is welcomed to the Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi by the President of the UAE HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan where they held a bilateral meeting. Cameron is on a three day visit to Gulf states.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron is welcomed by Government ministers to the Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi after meeting President of the UAE HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan where they held a bilateral meeting, during his three day visit to Gulf states.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Defence Secretary Philip Hammondn (right) talk with the President of the UAE HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahya, at the Al Rawda Palace in the city of al Ain in Abu Dhabi, where they held a bilateral meeting, as part of a three day visit to Gulf states.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron meets students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi before holding a Q&A with 350 more students where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi before holding a Q&A with 350 more students where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi before holding a Q&A with 350 more students where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Students at Zayed University take part in a Q&A with Prime Minister David Cameron in Abu Dhabi today where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Students at Zayed University take part in a Q&A with Prime Minister David Cameron in Abu Dhabi today where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi before holding a Q&A with 350 more students where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A with 350 students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi today where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.

  • Cameron visit to the Gulf States

    Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A with 350 students at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi today where he faced questions about a range of topics including the 'arab spring'.