Yes – a project that involves placing man-made icebergs in bodies of water sounds like the kind of thing that only the UAE would do, but this time it’s actually for a worthy cause!
We can all agree that the addition of icebergs isn’t something that we immedeately associate with the region, because well… it’s in the desert, so naturally a project of this kind might arrouse some suspicion from critics. So here’s the story behind the initiative:
Launched by the National Advisor Bureau Limited with the goal of providing fresh water to the area, because the large quantity of cold air from the icebergs should theoretically trigger persipitation as the year progresses. To put it into perspective, the average iceberg contains around 20 billion gallons of water… that’s a LOT of water which could benefit millions.
The project is set to be completed in 2020, with icebergs being extracted from the South Pole. However, as of the moment a test needs to be done first and will take place in Australia or South Africa.
Check out the video below and the website for more information.