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UAE to Grow More Food in the Desert as Pandemic Disrupts Imports

  • Nation can make 30%-40% of its food in 10 years, says minister
  • Plans include farming rice in the desert and space research
A man walks past smart greenhouses used for growing food in Nahil, United Arab Emirates.

A man walks past smart greenhouses used for growing food in Nahil, United Arab Emirates.

Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

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The United Arab Emirates, most of which is desert, said it should be able to triple the proportion of its food that’s local within a decade.