Even so, the block will provide millions of litres of fresh drinking water to the Arab kingdom, as well as bringing natural rain clouds by releasing cool, damp air.
Alshehi hopes the block will also prove to be a major tourist attraction.
The final project will cost between $100million and $150million, in addition to the $60million to $80million spent on the test run.
The UAE is one of the most arid countries and one of the top 10 most water-scarce in the world, due to its extremely arid climate, which receives less than four inches (100 mm) of rainfall per year.
Despite that, it consumes more water than double the global national average putting the country at severe risk of droughts over the next 25 years.
An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water, according to the company.
They take a long time to melt as 80 percent of their mass is underwater, while the white ice above reflects sunlight and deflects its heat.
Upon arrival at a specially constructed processing facility, workers will 'mine' the icebergs for their water supplies.
Blocks of ice will be chipped off and placed in giant tanks, before being filtered and processed.
'This is the purest water in the world', Mr Al Shehi added.
He also claims the iceberg's presence could provide a more moist micro-climate in the area, perhaps even prompting rainfall.
And the project may prove a boost for tourism if it proves a success, with people travelling to see the unusual sight of an iceberg off the coast of the Arabian Gulf.返回麦北网首页>>