Solar Power Desalination
First Solar-Powered Desalination Plant to be Built in January in Sharjah

December, 18 2004

A project to build a Dh40-million solar-powered plant that
will desalinate sea water will start in January next year, it
was announced. The complex, the first in the Gulf, will take
four years to complete. Once the plant is built and tested,
the lessons it provides are expected to be applied across the
region. "We will launch the project on January 5. It will be
our first innovative project using technology from within the
Arab world. The project will be cost-effective once it is
operational. "It will also create new jobs, change the lives
of many people and mark the beginning of new investments that
will bring changes to the Gulf region," said Dr Abdullah Abdul
Aziz Al Najar, president of the Arab Science and Technology
Foundation. However, he did not specify in which emirate the
plant would be located.

The project, Al Najar said, was the result of coordinated
efforts to create innovative investments by using modern


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