Source: The Library Of Congress Country Studies
There are no rivers or lakes in the UAE.
Unable to meet demand from natural sources of freshwater, the UAE has had to use desalination plants, many of which run in tandem with power stations. In 1985 there were twenty-two desalination plants in the amirates. Water production in 1989 amounted to about 327 billion liters, up from about 312 billion liters in 1987.