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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

Qatar designs artificial cloud to cool World Cup worries
The artificial cloud designed by scientists in Qatar to solve concerns about the heat at the 2022 World Cup.

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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Jon 9 years ago

Staging the world cup in Qatar in the summer was a "pie in the sky" idea in the first place - now we have artificial clouds in the sky. Seems people are clutching at straws to make this bad decision work...

Jebel Ali Baba 9 years ago

Haha, that another World Cup joke. Put a picture of Sepp Blatter in it to make the culprit of this mess visible to everyone.

F backer 9 years ago

Qatar & Fifa should consider moving the tournament to January if possible for the benefits of players and fans!

The technology spending for cooler atmosphere could be spend for somethimg else more useful!

Omar Shamma 9 years ago

What a totally over engineered solution. All you need to do is stretch a large canvas parasol over the stdium, rather like one would have in their garden to provide shade.

With the proposed design I can see a risk of failure and the whole think plummeting down on several thousand people. This surely can't be the best innovation from Qatar University!!

!r$h 9 years ago

Someone needs to look at the large automatic umbrellas in Madinah and improvise....dont reinvent the wheel or try making clouds that is perfected only by supernatural power [God]...artificial inventions dont last long and are prone to human error...

KeenObzerver 9 years ago

Ok lets see, filled with Helium gas, with solar panels, and controlled by remote..
Doesnt sound at all like a cloud ! more like a blimp or hot air balloon (Hindenburg, anyone?)
Instead of throwing away money at fancy ideas that could fall out of the sky and kill people, why not go for something practical and simple such as a motorised parasol (tent)

Paul King 9 years ago

After a recent trip to Doha and Al Khor in the north of Qatar, it's very clear to me that however dumb those who represent FIFA appear to be, they have now removed any doubt to the contrary.

Minaka 9 years ago


Lee 9 years ago

what rubbish, as we all know its not the sun that is the killer during the summer out here but the humidity combined with the heat. Blocking out the sun will probably mean it is 45 rather than 55!

Anyway why does Qatar need these "clouds" they have stated they can cool the stadiums with the solar panel technology. Maybe it that suddenly panic is setting in as they realize the technology they won the bid on doesn't work.

The whole situation is laughable. I have said for sometime the WC will never happen here and i can see the corruption allegations being used as a way of FIFA getting out of this mess they have made.

Terry Noble 6 years ago

New technology appears every day. I am amazed that a unit like this can be paired with solar powered fans to create a micro-climate...kudos