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Dubai to get more rainfall
Updated on 07 February 2017

UAE has filed a patent to increase rainfall in the country to supplement water security in the country.

The Masdar Institute research team, that was one of the inaugural recipients of the $5 million grant from the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science last year, has made significant progress in their work as evidenced by the filing a provisional patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

By filing a patent on their innovative cloud seeding material, the research team is bringing the material in the pathway for commercialisation, thereby supporting Masdar Institute's goal of bolstering the United Arab Emirates' local intellectual property, which is a key measure of the country's innovation drive. It also signifies a milestone towards achieving greater water security in the UAE, as rainfall enhancement via cloud seeding can potentially increase rainfall between 10% to 30%, helping to refresh groundwater reserves, boost agricultural production, and reduce the country's heavy reliance on freshwater produced by energy-intensive seawater desalination.

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