An Abu Dhabi firm has come up with a rather unusual way to solve the UAE's water shortage - towing icebergs direct from Antarctica.
The company, National Adviser Bureau Limited, says it has already run the route through a simulator to gauge the feasibility of the project, and all looks OK.
The company told Gulf News that the icebergs will be towed to the emirate of Fujairah, and will be used to serve the whole of the country with water, including the internationally famous Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Managing director Abdullah Muhammad Sulaiman al Shehi said he understood that people would be sceptical about the project, but insisted that it will provide a boost to the entire country.
He added that “we want it [the project] mainly for the water. It could also be good for tourism and the weather.” Indeed planners believe the icebergs could provide an unlikely tourism boost, as visitors gawp at the site of them floating past.
Al Shehi said it would take around a year to float each iceberg from Antarctica to Fujairah, and each one could provide enough water for one million people over five years.
Al Shehi and his team hope to begin the transportation phase early next year.