Can An Iceberg Be A Sustainable Source Of Water For The Middle East?

Can An Iceberg Be A Sustainable Source Of Water For The Middle East?
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An ambitious entrepreneur hopes to haul an iceberg from the Antarctica to provide fresh water to the region

Laura Yan
  • 18 may 2017

The founder of National Advisor Bureau Limited, Abdulla Alshehi, has an ambitious plan to bring Antarctica icebergs to the Middle East to create useable ground and drinking water. Alshehi told Fast Company, an iceberg can hold 20 billion gallons of water, “enough for a million people’s drinking water for five years.” Alshehi believes that using the iceberg will both help mitigate rising sea levels and create a sustainable water source for the Middle East, even perhaps , irrigating parts of the Empty Quarter or Rub’ Al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert.

Alshehi’s project faces severe challenges: whether it’s figuring out effective technology for towing gigantic icebergs or navigating the currents, or the length and potential risks of the journey–at over 10,000 kilometers, it could take over a year to complete. Though hauling a large iceberg has never been successfully achieved, Alshehi is hopeful that he’ll be the first to achieve it, and hopes to find investors by 2018.

Emirates Iceberg Project

The founder of National Advisor Bureau Limited, Abdulla Alshehi, has an ambitious plan to bring Antarctica icebergs to the Middle East to create useable ground and drinking water. Alshehi told Fast Company, an iceberg can hold 20 billion gallons of water, “enough for a million people’s drinking water for five years.” Alshehi believes that using the iceberg will both help mitigate rising sea levels and create a sustainable water source for the Middle East, even perhaps , irrigating parts of the Empty Quarter or Rub’ Al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert.

+climate change
+middle east
+Sustainability
+Sustainability
+technology

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