WATCH: How cloud seeding works in the UAE
In a country with an annual rainfall rate of about 100mm, high evaporation of surface water and depleting groundwater reserves, it’s not hard to understand why cloud seeding was introduced.
Run by the National Centre of Meteorology, seeding began in the 90s. By the 2000s, the NCM were working with global peers such as Nasa and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in the United States. Last year it conducted 242 missions, while 177 were undertaken in 2016.