What do you do if your nation has a severe water shortage and happens to be located in a bona fide desert
If you have the resources, you turn to technology, which is what a company in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates is looking to do.
The country, which gets less than four inches of rain per year, could solve its issue with water scarcity by towing icebergs from Antarctica to its shores.
It could take up to a year to bring an iceberg from Antarctica to Fujairah.
Once the iceberg is at UAE shores, the ice above the waterline would be chipped off, crushed into drinking water, which would then be stored in large water tanks and filtered.
The iceberg would also have a broader impact.
The more icebergs, the more water vapor and clouds, creating a profound effect on the regional climate over a decade, turning the desert into “green meadows”.
The melting icebergs would also add fresh water to the Arabian sea, returning biodiversity by balancing out the brine discharge from desalination plants.
There would also be a boost for tourism from all the people interested in looking at the icebergs.
The company has so far ran simulations and feasibility studies and looks to start the project in early 2018.