With temperatures soaring to more than 100 degree Fahrenheit and with just about three inches of rain a year, the uber-rich, luxurious lifestyle of UAE has a humongous amount of water demands to keep up with.
When the groundwater reserves are falling at an alarming rate and reportedly depleting within the next 50 years, the land of Burj Khalifa has come up with an eccentric way to deal with it. Yes, they are building a mountain.
When humid, moisture-filled air rises up one side of the mountains, it cools down to form clouds. The other side facing the wind experiences precipitation in the form of rainfall.
This project is undoubtedly expensive and does stand the chance of getting rejected by the government for the time being (guess, there are things even the Sheikhs cannot afford!).
A similar project in Netherlands is said to have an estimated cost of up to $432 billion. However, if it does pass, it will go to the engineering department to know of its feasibility.
It’s not Dubai’s first step at solving its water crisis. Apart from various regular efforts, the country has also made technology to bring artificial rain on demand. According to ‘Arabian Business’, “the UAE invested nearly $560,000 last year on 186 cloud-seeding projects”. The technology enables a cloud to fall as rain by injecting certain water-condensing particles. Apparently, it was due to this technology that March saw eleven inches of rainfall in a single day in Dubai.