Abu Dhabi Emirate is an arid region with no permanent fresh surface water and very little rainfall. Therefore providing a constant water supply, to help create suitable habitats for the Arabian Oryx, was a big challenge facing the Environment agency of Abu Dhabi. There is ground water deep beneath the desert, but it has a very high salt content, which makes it unsuitable for drinking, therefore desalination plants would be required miles from the nearest supply of electricity.
In some areas we have a salinity of more than 60,000 ppm which is double the sea water salinity, so there were a lot of challenges facing us at the beginning and we had to plan it very carefully.
Dr Mohamed A Dawoud
Advisor, Water Resourcese
Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi