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In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

A Dubai-based aquaculture business in Jebel Ali produces 10,000 to 15,000 kilos of organic Atlantic salmon every month.

In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

From a control room in the middle of Dubai's desert, Norway's sunrises and sunsets and the cool currents of the Atlantic are recreated for the benefit of thousands of salmon raised in tanks despite searing conditions outside. All Image Courtesy: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images

In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

But the farming of salmon in the desert is "something that no one could have imagined", said Bader bin Mubarak, chief executive of Fish Farm. "This is exactly what we're doing in Dubai."

In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

Dubai is no stranger to ambitious projects, with a no-limits approach that has seen a palm-shaped island built off its coast, and a full-scale ski slope created inside a shopping mall.

In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

"Creating the (right) environment for the salmon was the hardest thing we faced," Mubarak said.

In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

Inside the facility, waters flow and temperatures fluctuate to create the most desirable conditions for the salmon living in four vast tanks.

In pictures: Farming of Atlantic salmon in the deserts of Dubai

Salmon usually live in cold waters such as those in and off Iceland, Norway, Scotland and Alaska - which is why the farming of Atlantic salmon in a country where temperatures can reach up to 45C (113 degrees F) is a stretch to say the least.