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The UAE businessman plans to tow an ICEBERG to Australia or South Africa this year

An inventor and entrepreneur from the UAE plans to drag an iceberg to Australia or South Africa later this year – for an amount of $ 80 million.

Abdulla Alshehi says that part of the Antarctic ice will be towed to Cape Town or Perth somewhere in 2019.

The mission will act as a test drive for a much more ambitious project that he hopes will end with a 1.2-mile piece of ice that will be taken to the UAE with 550 yards.

The aim would be to provide the Emirates with a constant supply of fresh drinking water, together with a tourist attraction.

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Abdulla Alshehi plans to drag a piece of Antarctic sea ice to Cape Town or Perth later this year in a $ 80 million test drive for a much larger project

Abdulla Alshehi plans to drag a piece of Antarctic sea ice to Cape Town or Perth later this year in a $ 80 million test drive for a much larger project

Ultimately, Alshehi plans to move a 1.2-mile stretch of ice at 550 meters to the UAE's Fujairah coast, where he hopes it will yield millions of gallons of fresh drinking water along with a new tourist attraction (route shown)

Ultimately, Alshehi plans to move a 1.2-mile stretch of ice at 550 meters to the UAE's Fujairah coast, where he hopes it will yield millions of gallons of fresh drinking water along with a new tourist attraction (route shown)

Ultimately, Alshehi plans to move a 1.2-mile stretch of ice at 550 meters to the UAE's Fujairah coast, where he hopes it will yield millions of gallons of fresh drinking water along with a new tourist attraction (route shown)

Talk to Euronews & # 39; s Inspire Middle East, Alshehi said: & # 39; According to our analysis, it is cheaper to bring in these icebergs than to use desalination water (obtained by draining the salt from seawater).

& # 39; Desalination plants require a huge amount of capital investment and mean that a huge amount of seawater is pumped to the gulf, killing fish and marine life.

THE PLAN

The National Advisor Bureau plans to harvest icebergs from Heard Island, approximately 600 miles (1000 kilometers) off the coast of mainland Antarctica.

It then transports them about 8,500 miles (8,800 km) to Fujairah, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE.

The UAE is one of the thirst countries and is among the top 10 most water scarcity in the world, with a serious risk of drought over the next 25 years.

An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion liters of water.

Upon arrival at a purpose-built processing facility, employees will visit the icebergs & # 39; mines & # 39; for their water supplies.

According to the company, one iceberg could be enough for a million people over a five-year period.

& # 39; We believe it will be economically better and more environmentally friendly to use the icebergs, not just for the United Arab Emirates, but all over the world. & # 39;

Alshehi points out that similar plans were previously tried by Saudi Arabia, but their project failed in 1977 due to technical problems.

He plans to overcome these difficulties with the help of a metal & # 39; belt & # 39; that will be built around the ice before he uses a boat to drag the block across the ocean.

The block selected for use by the UAE is selected via satellite and can be as long as 1.2 miles long and 550 meters wide.

It is expected to lose about 30 percent of its mass during its ten-month journey from Heard Island, near Antarctica, to the coast of Fujairah.

Yet the block offers millions of gallons of fresh drinking water to the Arab kingdom, and it brings natural rain clouds by releasing cool, moist air.

Alshehi hopes that the block will also prove to be a major tourist attraction.

The final project will cost between $ 100 million and $ 150 million, in addition to the $ 60 million to $ 80 million spent on the test.

The UAE is one of the thirst countries and one of the top 10 most water workers in the world, due to the extremely dry climate, which receives less than four inches (100 mm) of rainfall per year.

Nevertheless, it consumes more water than twice the global national average, putting the country at high risk of drought in the next 25 years.

Alshehi plans to wrap a metal strap around the iceberg that is attached to a tugboat and then dragged across the ocean

Alshehi plans to wrap a metal strap around the iceberg that is attached to a tugboat and then dragged across the ocean

Alshehi plans to wrap a metal strap around the iceberg that is attached to a tugboat and then dragged across the ocean

An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion liters of water, according to the Abu Dhabi company.

It takes a long time for them to melt, as 80 percent of their mass is submerged, while the white ice above it reflects sunlight and distracts the heat.

Upon arrival at a purpose-built processing facility, employees will visit the icebergs & # 39; mines & # 39; for their water supplies.

Blocks of ice are broken down and placed in huge tanks before they are filtered and processed.

& # 39; This is the purest water in the world & # 39 ;, Mr. Al Shehi added.

He also claims that the presence of the iceberg can cause a more humid microclimate in the area, perhaps even rainfall.

And the project can be an incentive for tourism if it turns out to be a success, with people traveling to see the unusual sight of an iceberg off the coast of the Arabian Gulf.

An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion liters of water. Upon arrival at a purpose-built processing facility (pictured in the artist's photo), employees will visit the icebergs & # 39; mines & # 39; for their water supplies

An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion liters of water. Upon arrival at a purpose-built processing facility (pictured in the artist's photo), employees will visit the icebergs & # 39; mines & # 39; for their water supplies

An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion liters of water. Upon arrival at a purpose-built processing facility (pictured in the artist's photo), employees will visit the icebergs & # 39; mines & # 39; for their water supplies

The project can be an incentive for tourism if it turns out to be a success, with people traveling to see the unusual sight of an iceberg off the coast of the Arabian Gulf (artist shown)

The project can be an incentive for tourism if it turns out to be a success, with people traveling to see the unusual sight of an iceberg off the coast of the Arabian Gulf (artist shown)

The project can be an incentive for tourism if it turns out to be a success, with people traveling to see the unusual sight of an iceberg off the coast of the Arabian Gulf (artist shown)

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