UAE to tow iceberg from Antarctica for drinking water

Tuesday's World Events - May 16, 2017


PLEASE NOTE: Daily posting and “Answers” emails will end for the school year on Friday, May 26th.

1. List the following information for UAE (United Arab Emirates): (see the CIA World FactBook website for answers)
a) capital:
b) location/the countries that share its borders:
c) the religious breakdown of the population:
d) the type of government:
e) the chief of state (and head of government if different):
f) the population:

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. a) Where will the UAE tow the iceberg from?
b) How far will the iceberg be towed?
c) How long will it take to tow the iceberg to the UAE?

4. a) What is the main purpose for bringing the iceberg to the UAE?
b) What two additional purposes will the iceberg serve, according to Abdullah Mohammad Sulaiman Al Shehi, director of the firm in charge of the project?

5. How does the National Advisor Bureau Limited plan on converting the iceberg to drinkable water?

6. Watch the video under “Resources” below - “Emirates Iceberg Project” which shows how the project would work. The video is in Arabic, but some English subtitles are included - enough for you to be able to understand the main points.
a) Describe at least two challenges you think officials will face in making this project a successful reality.
b) No word on the cost of the project. However, with the UAE’s gas/oil supplies, their economy is on par with Western nations. The government is extremely wealthy. What do you think of the feasibility of this project?
c) Ask a science teacher (or a parent) what he/she thinks about the UAE’s idea of using the iceberg for drinking water AND whether it could transform the country’s weather/landscape.