Pioneering scheme to turn desert back into green, profitable land trialed in Qatar
Sahara Forest Project testing technology on one-hectare site in Mesaieed Industrial City, south of Doha
Pilot project using seawater greenhouses and concentrated solar power
In a region known for its towering skyscrapers, the erection of a modestly-sized greenhouse might not appear worthy of much attention.
But this small construction site near the coast in Qatar’s Mesaieed Industrial City could help transform the landscape forever, says its developers, turning desert land into flourishing centers of food and freshwater production.
The $5.3 million, one-hectare pilot plant opens later this month and is a major milestone of the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) – a concept that has been developed by a Norwegian company since 2008.