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Qatar tests open air cooling zones for World Cup 2022

Two fan zones experience “innovative” cooling technology developed to deal with searing heat.

Qatar tests open air cooling zones for World Cup 2022
The World Cup fan zone at Katara Cultural Village. The open-air venue will have a retractable roof and will be cooled using a prototype of one of the systems of “innovative technology” that Qatar is developing to use in stadiums and other public areas when it hosts the World Cup in 2022. Image: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Despite an ongoing investigation into the bidding process, Qatar’s preparations for FIFA World Cup 2022 continued with the launch of cooled fan zones for supporters in Doha watching the current world cup in Brazil.

Ahead of the World Cup tournament in eight years time, Qatar is looking to develop a more efficient cooling technology for its stadiums, in order to combat the soaring summer temperatures of over 40 degrees.

When Qatar was awarded the tournament in December 2010, their plan included staging the event during the summer months using air conditioned stadiums.

A small, solar-powered prototype stadium seating 500 was built during the bid process, but organisers want to develop more efficient technologies ahead of 2022.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy started trialling its “innovative technology” at Brazil 2014 fan zones at Katara Cultural Village and Aspire Zone Foundation in Doha.

The venue at Katara has a retractable roof and is cooled using a prototype of one of the systems of that Qatar is developing to use in stadiums and other public areas when it hosts the World Cup in 2022.

At the Aspire Zone Foundation Fan Zone, the size of a full scale football pitch, visitors experience the cooling technology developed for use on training pitches and spectator walkways in 2022.

Speaking to media in Doha, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Nasser Al Khater said the trials have been a success.

“We had a challenge, which is to try different cooling types and technologies for public places... I can say that we succeeded in this mission.

“The temperature inside (the fan zone) is about 13 degrees less than the temperature outside. We had this challenge and we managed to respond to it,” he said.

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Grant 6 years ago

Instead of cooling the 'air' - why don't they cool the buses and camps of the workers who are building their world cup stadiums?

Muhammad Yousuf 6 years ago

I think the suggestion mentioned above is perfect example to show their capability and at the same time their charity towards common people who cannot afford such luxury..

Paul 6 years ago

Wasting money like this and treating labors the way they do, is a great sin to any civilized believe and code of ethics.
It all looks like an offense to the victims of all this - the labors.
And who wants to party in a sterelized envinoment when outdoors the atmosphere can be hot.
This is the Truman Shom movie set!

JAmes 6 years ago

It's unbelievable, truly unbelievable that Qatar STILL has the rights to fifa 2022 after the deaths of hundreds of construction workers, appalling working and living conditions and clear as day bribing. Yet still, Fifa hasn't removed their hosting rights.

It's pretty disgusting what we've become as society and what we tolerate. If these workers were Americans for example, Fifa by itself would've dismantled but just because the workers are from a 3rd world nation their lives don't carry much weight.

I think FIFA should take a good look at themselves, it's pretty disgusting and its getting harder to watch Football matches knowing just how much blood and tears are sacrificed for the game.

Warun 6 years ago

Corruption has led to yet another country's richer gaining more whilst the poor staying poor.

Hdee 6 years ago

what about the living conditions of those 'poor' workers who work in the sweltering heat to build buildings and stadiums so that their owner's can reap on the profit's !!

Graham 6 years ago

I have read many comments I actually believe non come from anyone who has visited Qatar ,100s have died building the stadiums As far as I am aware NON have died on stadium construction sites There are 1.5 million Asian Workers in Qatar
and only a few die ever year (Mostly of Heart attacks or Road accidents Don't people die in Western countries or are all your undertakers now unemployed
Terrible Living conditions compared to What There own countries ,no way! Compared to Eastern Europeans in Europe or Mexicans in USA or Aborigonies
in Australia In fact 98% live in better conditions than USA Trailor park resedents
In the summer months No one is allowed to work outside between 11 am and 3pm in the afternoon
Companies have to pay salaries within 15 days of the next month If they work long hours they get paid overtime They are actually in Qatar for money usually to send back to save their family andrealations from starving
Of course Gutter newspapers can find an odd cases but very few

Sandy 6 years ago

Graham, I have been to Qatar and surely they are not as considerate (in policies, not on personal / individual basis) as UAE. You mentioned people dying of heart attack - this is logical, except the fact that almost all of 400 odd Nepalese and around 500 Indians died of heart attack in last two years were in their 20s and 30s. Did Qatar hire sick workers without medical ?? Yes, it is a matter of choice to die of hunger / live in misery in own country but to come to promised land and meet the fate like this (though none this negative publicity will stop people in applying for such job - when they are desperate enough to take offers from Iraq and Syria as well), but country also has some responsibility for the residents.

MT3 6 years ago

AB - why don't you contact Graham and ask him if he'd be willing to work on one of these sites and live in their accommodation for a week and then report back to us so we can really see if the conditions are as pleasant as he believes. I'd do it myself but I know it would half kill me to be out in the sun labouring for 9 hours a day. I actually don't have a particular issue with the use of this labour per se because it would be hypocritical - the entire developed world, West and East, exploits cheap human resources in the undeveloped world; like it or not, we all live off the proceeds of exploitation one way or another. Change is going to be incremental and slow but a little compassion, particularly at this special time of the year, might go some way to starting to make that change.

Allan 6 years ago