Dubai: Dake Rechsand, a collaboration between South Africa’s Dake Group and the Rechsand Technology Group from Beijing, today announced the launch of their revolutionary ‘magic sand’ technology and its affiliated sand-made product range in the Middle East region. The joint venture is the result of their mission to take these innovative technologies to the global market to alleviate pressing challenges of food and water security, especially in desert regions like the Middle East. The product has been lauded by the United Nations (UN) as well as other international bodies for its potential to mitigate concerns around global warming, forestation, water conservation and food security – issues that are also central to regional efforts for a sustainable future.
The Dake Rechsand technology transforms the properties of ordinary sand, to allow the free passage of air, while retaining water. Developed by Mr. Qin Shengy, Dean of Production at the Rechsand Research Institute, this technology is the result of over 35 years of research. The phenomenal results Mr Shengy has achieved include growing 1,500 acres of organic rice in the Ulam Buh Desert – one of the world’s seven driest regions, with temperatures of up to 57 degrees Celsius. Thanks to decades of R&D, the Rechsand Research Institute has developed an array of products, with unique properties suitable for gamechanging real world applications. The revolutionary product is now being promoted globally by Dake Rechsand and given the MENA region’s water scarcity, Dubai is serving as the regional launch pad for the innovations first global launch. In keeping with these plans, Dake Rechsand has shifted its headquarters to Dubai.
“The Middle East and North Africa region is the most water scarce region of the world. The region is currently using over 75 % of its renewable water resources, 85 % of which is being used for irrigation” , says Chandra Dake, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Dake Group, a diversified investment group with a keen interest in innovative technologies that can help solve global problems. “In the UAE, the decade between 2008 and 2018 saw water consumption rise by almost 26%, to 1.87 billion cubic meters. The authorities were quick to realise that this consumption rate was unsustainable, and made significant investments in cloud-seeding technologies, with very successful results. However, UAE continues to be limited in its capacity to harvest this increased annual precipitation, resulting in flooding and wastage of surface water. At the same time, this additional rainfall has done little to green the desert, or reduce the dependence on external sources of food. Dake Rechsand can address both these issues simultaneously”, adds Chandra, a passionate advocate of Innovation to solve global Sustainability, Food Security and Water Conservation issues.
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