Qatar begins testing on cooling technology for the 2022 World Cup
Combatting 40 degree heat
Despite there being a question mark hanging over the bidding process that won the city the event in the first place, Qatar’s preparations for FIFA World Cup 2022 have continued with the launch of cooled fan zones for the game's supporters who could be in Doha watching the World Cup.
Ahead of the tournament in eight years time, Qatar is looking to develop a more efficient cooling technology for its football stadiums, in order to combat the questionable summer temperatures that reach over 40 degrees.
When Qatar was awarded the tournament two years ago, its plan included staging the event during the summer months using air conditioned stadiums. Therefore, a small, solar-powered prototype stadium seating just 500 was built during the bidding process, however organisers would like to develop more efficient technology for the heat ahead of 2022.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy started trialling its “innovative technology” this year during the current Brazil World Cup fan zones at Katara Cultural Village and Aspire Zone Foundation in Doha, with the venue at Katara boasting a retractable roof. 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.
“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." Said Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Nasser Al Khater, continuing, “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.