UK Firm Plans to Transform UAE Deserts into Rolling Hills of Wheat and Maize

Mar 10, 2024

climate-tech start-up with its headquarters in the UK and operations in the UAE has ambitious plans to transform large swathes of the desert into arable land for crops like wheat and maize.

HyveGeo, founded in 2023 by Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch (COO), Eva Morales (chief strategy officer), and Dr Harjit Singh (chief engineer), is developing microalgae technology for carbon removal and soil regeneration.

The operation, which is largely based in the UAE, is currently at the pilot stage but it is hoped that by the end of 2025 it will be at the commercial stage, and starting to turn the desert green.

Mr Bin Redha, HyveGeo’s chief executive, says the company started by exploring various methods of removing carbon dioxide from the air with a view to selling carbon credits.

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