Now you’ve heard everything. Australian companies are selling sand to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Perth’s GMA Garnet will this month send a shipment of heavy mineral sand to Saudi Arabia for sandblasting, a high-pressure technique to smooth and clean hard surfaces in buildings.
Managing director Torsten Ketelsen said the special alluvial sand is suited for sandblasting because it is free of silica, which creates dust that can cause lung cancer and silicosis in workers.
Another firm selling a sand-based product to the desert region is NT Prestressing, which has a type of concrete that can be laid quickly, speeding up building.
That concrete is being put to the test on the world’s tallest building, the Burj tower in Dubai, 468m tall late last week and set to reach 800m.