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Sourcing Fresh Water in Ras Al Khaimah

Carren Mossavar-Rahmani
December 01, 2018

Ras Al Khaimah’s traditional mountain tribes, or Jabalis, developed creative solutions to collect and utilize what little water was available. The arrival of large-scale desalination technology has unleashed economic growth and infrastructure expansion not only in the United Arab Emirates but throughout the region. With access to increasing volumes of desalinated water has come more people and projects, leading to even higher demand for water. The interconnectivities and interdependencies of rapidly growing desalination with other key industries are creating new challenges and vulnerabilities. This policy paper explores the unique solutions to local water needs in the past and touches on the regional sustainability challenges in sourcing water at present. It concludes with a call for collaborative efforts among the littoral countries to assess, address, and avert potentially disastrous environmental risks across the Persian Gulf.

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