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Plan revealed to tow icebergs from Antarctica to the UAE

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“Iceberg, right ahead!” aren’t really words that you’d expect to hear when sailing off the coast of the UAE. But in the future, you might.

The National Advisor Bureau Limited announced plans to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Fujairah, according to Arabian Business. The UAE Icebergs Project would provide a new source of freshwater in the region.

Aside from being a water source (and quite a beautiful new tourist attraction), the project could cause climate change. It’s thought that the large quantity of cold air that comes from icebergs would trigger rainstorms throughout the year.

According to a document produced by The National Advisor Bureau, icebergs break away and slowly melt, which is a waste of fresh water. Apparently the average iceberg holds around 20 billion gallons of water, and around 70 percent of the Earth’s fresh water is trapped in the polar ice caps.

Utilising these icebergs as a source of fresh water would also help to reduce the rate that the sea level is rising.

This is part of the Rub’ El Amer (Filling The Empty Quarter) projects, which are designed to turn the Empty Quarter into lush gardens.

It’s though that if the Empty Quarter were turned into a green space, it would reduce the daytime temperature by five to eight degrees and cause around 700 to 1,200 mm of rainwater annually. Not only that, it would help to recycle billions of tons of carbon dioxide every year.

Another part of this is the Endless Rivers Project, which would create a flow of water from the Dasht in Pakistan to the UAE. This would create water that is suitable for agriculture purpose in the UAE, while helping Pakistan reduce the effects of flooding on local residents.

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