UPDATE: According to Gulf Business, the idea of towing an iceberg to Fujairah was only a plan, and would not actually take place. The Ministry of Energy denied the rumour and stated, “As the authority in charge of water affairs, it would like to confirm that such news is just a rumour.”.
The residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have experienced a gazillion different surprises. From the Burj Khalifa, to the man-made Palm Islands, you would think that we’ve seen it all. What seems to be the epitome of these surprises are the plans to tow an iceberg into the UAE. Yes, a real iceberg, which will be dragged from Antarctica! The project will only be completed in 2018, and it will take a year just to ship the iceberg.
The Gulf News interviewed Abdullah Mohammad Sulaiman Al Shehi, managing director of National Advisor Bureau Limited. According to Al Shehi, the iceberg will be located on the coasts of Fujairah. It would draw rains by creating vortex, which will essentially accumulate micro-climatic particles. Gulf News stated that “The iceberg project is part of a much wider transformative vision by Al Shehi’s firm called “Filling the Empty Quarter Project” aimed at greening the desolate Rub Al Khali desert.”
Picture by: Gulf News
As crazy as this idea may seem, the UAE government is quite good at making the impossible into possible. The ice would not melt, as around 80 percent of the iceberg is actually underwater, and the exposed layer is white in color, which can reflect sun rays.
The iceberg is predicted to supply the country with fresh water as icebergs have the purest water. Antarctica contains 70 percent of the world’s freshwater. Furthermore, it would attract rain clouds and most importantly, would be a major tourist attraction. I mean, who doesn’t want to see an iceberg in the seas of a desert country? It would be like a crazy mirage.
I guess we could all use some rain in UAE. Now, we can add the iceberg in our “Things to Boast About” list when we go back to our home countries. How do you feel about this project? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Let us know in the comments section below!