Inside the Middle East
December 5, 2010
Posted: 909 GMT

Qatar has won the race to host the 2022 World Cup, and will become the first Middle Eastern country to hold the tournament.
For the tiny desert state, where summer temperatures soar over 40 C (104 F), it is a triumph of ambition and technology.

As recently as November, FIFA expressed concerns over the country's climate, which it said should be considered "a potential health risk for players, officials, the FIFA family and spectators."

But football's governing body seems to have been swayed by Qatar's plans to overcome the sweltering heat by building nine new fully air-conditioned open-air stadiums that work using solar power.

Solar thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels on the outside the stadiums and on their roofs will harness energy from the blazing Qatari sun.

It will be used to chill water, which in turn will cool air before it is blown through the stadium, keeping pitch temperatures below 27 C (80 F).

Qatar 2022's bid book director Yasir Al Jamal said it would be the first time these technologies have been combined to keep a stadium cool.

"Stadium seats will be cooled using air pumped at the spectator ankle zone at a temperature of 18 C," he said. Read more...

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pete samuels   December 5th, 2010 11:41 am ET

These guys at Fair Shake of the Sauce Bottle have found proof to show who really won the world cup bid for 2022 – sham for sure.

xyz777   December 6th, 2010 3:41 pm ET

Stadium seats will be cooled but what about when the spectators go out of the stadium back to their hotel rooms, to and from the airport, restaurants and others. Im very optimistic that Qatar can provide these infrastructures but they also have to think about other things they have to provide aside from these plans.

John A   December 9th, 2010 1:39 pm ET

Forget about the weather, this will be the first non alcoholic world cup.

Can anyone imagine German and English supporters chanting over cups of tea. Or the Spanish celebrating without a glass of wine?

We can already write the script for the next world cups

Brazil: fans robbed and shot
Russia: Fans warned over all the HIV hookers
Qatar: No alcohol and heat exhaustion

Whats next? A world cup in Nepal with high altitude oxygen starvation or how about a world cup in gang land Mexico.

Nino D   December 25th, 2010 1:39 am ET

@ xyz777, if these people can build an AC cooled stadiums maybe they can afford AC in the buses, restaurants hotel rooms, hey you want the snow we get you a snow in those stadiums, all you have to do "xyz777" is read little more. what these people are doing and have. As for the alcohol lets have a world cup without those "supporters", let normal people enjoy this beautiful game of football,

Dandi   August 18th, 2012 3:18 am ET

I just learned that Qatar has the hihegst per capita CO2 emissions in the world a factor of two higher than the runner up, Kuwait, and three times higher than the US. I wonder if they're already in the habit of air conditioning outdoor stadiums?They allow women to both drive and vote, which surprised me. So, things could be worse, but applauding Qatar for women's rights is sort of like saying someone is a great dad because he never beats his kids.

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