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The UAE government has contracted the US-based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to study how a man-made mountain will help increase rainfall in the arid region. For a country like the UAE that gets not more than a handful of rainy days in a year, the plan makes perfect sense – at least in theory. The Netherlands, also a flat country, had planned a similar project in the past. And the cost for a hollow 1.2 mile-high mountain was calculated at $230 billion.