The first phase of a water desalination plant in Umm Al Quwain, which will produce 50 million gallons of water every day, opened on Thursday.

Built on an area measuring 250,000 square metres, at a cost of Dh2.2 billion, the project is the largest of its kind in the UAE’s northern area.

Once all phases are complete by the end of next year, daily production at the plant is expected to increase to 150 million gallons of water.