Kate-Lynne Wolmarans02 Jul 2018 AT 10:33 AM

Icebergs are coming to the UAE

Yep, you read that right. Actual icebergs are coming to our shores to provide a new source of fresh water and potentially contribute to climate change
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans02 Jul 2018 AT 10:33 AM
Icebergs are coming to the UAE
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The UAE, a nation known for its rich culture, stunning architecture and pretty soon for housing a number of icebergs. Yep, icebergs.

We can just see all the cynics rolling their eyes now. But it’s for a good cause. The mission launched by National Advisor Bureau Limited aims to provide a new source of fresh water in the region as well as potentially contribute to climate change – it’s thought that the large quantity of cold air which will emit from icebergs will trigger rainstorms throughout the year.

According to the managing director of The National Advisor Bureau Abdullah Mohammad Sulaiman Al Shehi, the average large iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water, enough for one million people.

He added that given their size – some are more than a 12 storeys tall, they will not easily melt in warmer sea water.

The project is expected to come into the effect in 2020. However, before the icebergs are towed from South Pole’s Heard Island to the coast of Fujairah, a trial phase will be conducted.

The firm is planning to tow an iceberg to Australia or to the Southern Coast of South Africa.

Interesting stuff folks. 

For more information, check out the website for the "Iceberg Project" here.

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