Antarctic Icebergs Are Getting TOWED To The UAE!
Yep, you read right. Actual Leviathan icebergs will be towed from Antarctica to the UAE by early 2020 to be melted into pure, polar ice water for “humanitarian and commercial distribution”, according to an Emirati visionary.
But before attempting the whopping 12,000-kilometre journey from the South Pole to the coast of Fujairah, a firm is planning a test run in early next year that would float a similar iceberg to nearby Australia or South Africa, said Abdullah Mohammad Sulaiman Al Shehi, managing director of National Adviser Bureau Limited. “We have been working hard on the project for the past year and are moving to the next stages,” Al Shehi told Gulf News, adding the full project details will be revealed at a press conference later this year
“National Adviser Bureau Limited announced the launch of the official UAE-Iceberg Project website: ‘www.icebergs.world’ to highlight the most significant stages of the project, and its intended benefits in relation to the environment and the economy,” Al Shehi’s firm said in a statement issued on Sunday.
“The launch of the website coincides with the Year of Zayed, as the project aims to support the response to water calamities such as drought worldwide, and support other water projects aimed to promote the humanitarian work.”
Once towed to Fujairah’s coastline, the icebergs will be chipped away and moved to shore where they will be melted, treated and stored in industrial-sized water tanks for bottling in a large commercial facility.
Understandably, the icebergs would also attract tourists to the country. Just imagine the huge ice monuments floating offshore!
“The project would place the UAE on the glacial tourism map as the first desert country to offer glacial tourism on its coasts, saving iceberg enthusiasts the trouble of travelling to the North and South Poles,” said the firm in a press release.
We can’t wait to see it!