Qatar designs artificial cloud to cool World Cup worries

Scientists say $500,000 invention can hover over stadia to keep sun off players, fans during 2022 event
The artificial cloud designed by scientists in Qatar to solve concerns about the heat at the 2022 World Cup.
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 25 Mar 2011 01:04 PM

Qatar scientists have designed an artificial cloud which could be used to hover over stadia when the Gulf state hosts the 2022 World Cup.

The cloud, which has been designed at Qatar University, could be the solution to the summer heat at the 2022 World Cup.

The cloud, manufactured from light carbon materials and helium gas and costing $500,000, can be held in place by solar power and moved by remote control, reports in the UK media said.

Since winning the World Cup bid in December, football fans have questioned whether a summer World Cup, where the average temperature in Qatar exceeds 40C, would be fair on players or spectators.

Citing a report in an Arabic daily in Qatar, Dr Saud Abdul Ghani, head of the mechanical and industrial engineering department, said the project would be implemented in collaboration with the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

“We are in discussion with the QSTP about the costs and to create an initial model on a trial basis,” said Dr Abdul Ghani.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stated that the tournament will not move from its traditional dates in the summer.

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