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DUBAI’S bil­lion­aire sheikhs plan to build a fake moun­tain to cre­ate more rain in the desert state.

And they’ve hired ex­perts from the Univer­sity Cor­po­ra­tion for At­mo­spheric Re­search – based in the US – to come up with a plan.

A huge moun­tain would cre­ate more clouds which would then lead to more weather sys­tems – es­pe­cially rain.

Re­searcher Roelof Bru­in­t­jes said: “What we are look­ing at is ba­si­cally eval­u­at­ing the ef­fects on weather through the type of moun­tain, how high it should be and how the slopes should be.”

The state cur­rently spends £500m seed­ing clouds to pro­duce rain.

“Build­ing a moun­tain is not a sim­ple thing,” added Bru­in­t­jes. “We are still busy fi­nal­is­ing as­sim­i­la­tion, so we are do­ing a spread of all kinds of heights, widths and lo­ca­tions as we look at lo­cal cli­ma­tol­ogy.”

The spe­cific lo­ca­tion has not yet been de­ter­mined as the NCAR ex­perts are still test­ing out dif­fer­ent sites across the UAE.

Moun­tains play an im­por­tant role in in­flu­enc­ing global and re­gional cli­mates and weather con­di­tions.

By in­ter­cept­ing the global cir­cu­la­tion of air, they have a de­ci­sive ef­fect on wind, rain and tem­per­a­ture pat­terns.

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