A plan to tow an iceberg from Antarctica next year to relieve the water shortage in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been unveiled.
The Abu Dhabi-based company National Advisor Bureau (NAB) plans to send a ship south to tow the iceberg nearly 12,600 kilometers (7,800 miles) to Fujairah.
The NAB said it was in the second stage of the plan and it was optimistic of getting approval from the UAE Government before the end of the year. Technical and financial plans have been drawn up for the tow.
In May, the company said the plan was part of the Filling the Empty Quarter project to transform the deserts into gardens. It said an iceberg could provide enough water for one million people over five years.