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The UAE Is Planning On Dragging An Antarctic Iceberg To Their Shores

The UAE Is Planning On Dragging An Antarctic Iceberg To Their Shores

According to Ash Parton, an author at Oxford University, Arabia was once a lush paradise with grass and woodlands.

That's certainly not the case anymore and it now records some of the hottest temperatures on earth.

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However, pioneers in the United Arab Emirates aren't having any of that and want to return part of their country to the fertile land it once was.

How will they do this you ask. Well, by casually dragging, yes dragging, a fucking iceberg from Heard Island, which is about 660 miles (1000km) from mainland Antarctica.

One google search shows that it belongs to Australia so I'm not sure how they'll achieve that but check out this slick piece of advertising...


Credit: YouTube/National Advisor Bureau

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So somehow, the National Advisor Bureau is planning on bringing the iceberg to Fujairah - a distance of about 5,500 miles (8,800km).

It's estimated an average iceberg carries 90 billion litres (20 billion gallons) of water. According to Gulf News that would provide enough water for a million people for five years.

Abdullah Mohammad Sulaiman Al Shehi, managing director of National Advisor Bureau, told the news organisation: "Our simulator predicts that it will take up to one year. We have formulated the technical and financial plan.

"Towing is the best method. We will start the project in beginning of 2018. We want it mainly for the water. It could also be good for tourism and the weather."

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Credit: YouTube/National Advisor Bureau

Iceberg have, in fact, shown to be a bit of a tourist attraction.

Residents in Ferryland, Canada, woke up last month to find the Sourthern Shore Highway blocked by photographers and locals all keen to get some snaps of the gigantic iceberg.

Ferryland Mayor, Adrian Kavanagh, told The Canadian Press: "It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it.

"It's the biggest one I ever seen around here."

So clearly there's a market for iceberg tourism.

But the UAE's plan isn't only aimed at bringing more fresh water to the region. They hope that the iceberg itself will create a mini climate and draw rainclouds.

The Daily Mail reports that the United Arab Emirates is one of the most arid climates in the world and despite receiving less than four inches of rain each year, it consumes more water than double the global average.

It's not the only interesting idea that the National Advisor Bureau has for bringing more water to the region.

A plan was recently unveiled to build a pipeline under the sea to connect some of the flows from Pakistan's rivers to the UAE.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/National Advisor Bureau

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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