UAE plans to bring giant icebergs from Antartica to tap water

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to solve its drinking water problem. The UAE is among the top 10 water-scarce countries in the world, and yet has one of the highest water consumption rates per capita across the globe.

To meet the rising demand, the National Advisor Bureau Limited (NABL) — a company headquartered at Masdar city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi — is planning to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to Fujairah — an eastern Emirate — and mine it for drinking water.

A UAE-based news outlet has quoted NABL Managing Director Abdullah Mohammad Sulaiman Al Shehi as saying that an average iceberg contains “more than 20 billion gallons of water” — or around 75 billion litres — which is “enough for one million people over five years.” However, given the climate in and around the UAE, the big question is how much of that water will end up evaporating.

Source: UAE plans to bring giant icebergs from Antartica to tap water

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