UAE minister shows off fluent German to explain how to grow tomatoes in the desert

Using her fluency in the German language, Mariam AlMheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, explains how the UAE, with only little arable land and scarce water supply, is cultivating crops and supplying staple food in local supermarkets.

“You can now eat blueberries, strawberries, and quinoa all year long in the UAE. You can find them in groceries fresh, and they taste so well,” AlMheiri speaks in straight German.

The video is obviously intended for the German-speaking audience as it was produced by the UAE Embassy in Berlin, and AlMheiri is articulating her points in German. The minister also shares in the video her lineage – her mother is German, and father is Emirati. She learned German from her mother and further honed her language skills when she studied at RWTH Aachen University in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The video is also about the growing UAE-Germany relations, as AlMheiri shares: “I can speak English, Arabic, and German, and I would be the perfect candidate to bring Germany and the UAE closer together.”

And the main point of the 11.30-minute video is how the UAE – with only five percent arable land and 100mm of rainfall annually – is harnessing technology to ensure food security and address the challenges of climate change.


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