UAE may run out of groundwater by 2030


For every drop of water that goes to waste from UAE taps, much is at stake for this generation and the coming ones, such as having no groundwater – at all – to be circulated through taps by 2030.

For years, the UAE has been among countries with the highest per capita water consumption in the world, according to the UN Environment Programme. The UAE placed third in this global ranking in 2013. This means that an average UAE resident consumes about 550 litres of water a day. This is more than three times the world average per capita consumption.

As the UAE marks World Water Day on Sunday, Gulf News looks into the real risk of water scarcity over the next 15 years and beyond.

The UN’s definition of a ‘water-scarce country’ is if it has 1,000 cubic metres of water or less available per person per year. The UAE’s natural water supply provides for less than half this level, making it one of the world’s most water-scarce nations.

The UAE has around 4,052,000 million cubic litres of groundwater in aquifers or basins under the land. With negligible amount of rainfall received annually, these aquifers seldom get replenished, if at all…

  • DVult

    Great. We’ll sell you water. $500 per barrel.

    • DMB

      As long as it is desalinated ocean water.

      • Just a thought

        Naw, that’s the price for raw ocean water. Oh, you want potable water? Well, that’ll be a bit extra. 🙂

  • Maggat

    So, who really cares? As noted below we can sell them water. East coast tankers can carry it on their return trips.

    • Frau Katze

      Their problem! They’ll have to build desalination plants.

      • Coupal

        Right. Cruise ships do it all the time.

      • Rosenmops

        Not my monkeys, not my circus.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Things are becoming apocalyptic in that part of the world.

  • canminuteman

    I guess they never understood that there could be consequenes to living in a desert and using 550 liters per person per day of their water supply. Build desalination plants and use less water.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Desalination is too good for them, and besides, they don’t have any functioning sewer system. All of those building are sitting upon giant septic tanks.
    Let them go to a “Toilet to Tap” recycling system.
    It would cost about the same and go a long way toward alleviating their sewage problems before they all die of cholera.

    • Maggat

      “before they all die of cholera.” Shush now, hope is in the air/water.

    • mauser 98

      they dump it in the desert
      Poop trucks of Dubai… 2 minutes…

      • Clink9

        Shit happens apparently.

      • BillyHW

        Not even piles of money can turn them into civilized human beings.

      • DVult

        Doesn’t just dry up in the desert then blow everywhere? They’ll be inhaling shit all over the middle east.

  • Jay Currie

    Dubai has never made any sense. Fifty years from now will these buildings still be standing?

    • dance…dancetotheradio


  • tom_billesley

    “Thirst Wars” ?

  • barryjr

    I must protest this provocative article saying that Muslims are wasteful people. I demand that Ban Ki Moon do his job and send the author of this racist slander to the Kingdom in order that he ( couldn’t be female they don’t have the education to write this) may atone for his smearing of Islam. Everybody knows that if the Jews in Israel would cease their antagonistic existence their would be more than enough water for Allah’s followers.

    • tom_billesley

      Mossad has a Climate Engineering Department.

  • Ron MacDonald

    They have lots of money, let them build desalinators.

  • Clink9

    Where have all the grown ups gone. Such a basic human need and they have been pissing around building crap like indoor ski hills.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The have a gazillion dollars. They can build whatever they need to fix it still have solid gold robot sex slaves installed in their family’s fleet of 747’s.

  • J. C.

    *checks pockets*

    Nope… No f*cks to give! 😉

    • Miss Trixie


  • Barrington Minge

    Hmmm, find it very difficult to give a f*uck..your sand boys, suck it up!!!

  • Freedom

    No problem , I drink bottled water 🙂