More than 60 MILLION honeybees have landed in the UAE in what is a giant leap for the nation's already extremely profitable honety production industry.
Landing at Ras Al Khaimah airport, the critters are set to take up residence in a number of farms in the seven emirates before helping contribute to the 1,800 tonnes of honey exported each year.
More than 30 bee farmers greeted the flight, which had orginated in Egypt, and claimed their share of the stock.
Reflecting on what is a highly-complex operation to deliver the winged wizards, a spokesman said the exercise 'has to run like clockwork to avoid disaster'.
According to Gulf News, the flight has to land after midday to help limit the impact of the sun, while on board the temperature is set to -15 degrees 'to offset the high temperatures that the mass of bees create'.
Mohammed Qazi, RAK Airport Chief Executive Officer, added: “We have been planning this operation for many months. We believe what Mr Al Najeh is doing for the industry is quite revolutionary, and we are pleased to be part of his high ambitions. UAE could become a regional leader in bee farming and organic honey production.”