Qatar’s extreme heat has led to air-conditioned outdoor venues, including plans for eight open-air football stadiums cooled for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The country’s changes due to global warming serve as a warning for the rest of the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Qatar is the world’s richest and safest country, with 1% of its population living outside the capital and gaining independence in 1971.
It’s doubtful anyone would travel to Qatar with a winter coat in tow, but global warming has turned the arid Arabian Peninsula nation from a sauna into a stove. It’s so hot in Qatar that some outdoor venues are now air-conditioned. Shopping malls and outdoor markets are some of the main areas that benefit from the cool breezes they produce and the list is growing.
Notably, Qatar is planning to have eight open-air football stadiums, with a capacity of between 40,000 and 80,000 seats, cooled with air conditioning in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The fresh air will be pumped out of the grates under the seats, at ankle height, and will drift towards the pitch, keeping the underside of the stadium cool. The World Cup is scheduled for November 2022, in order to avoid the worst of the heat in the summer months, when daily temperatures regularly exceed 100C and sometimes climb significantly higher. almost continuously like the heat, adding another man-made cause for temperatures that have been soaring for three decades. According to climate change expert Zeke Hausfather of Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit that analyzes world temperatures, “changes (in Qatar) can help give us an idea of what the rest of the world can expect if not we act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.
A brief visit in Qatar:
Qatar is the richest and, in terms of natural disasters, the safest country in the world.
Only 1% of Qatar’s 2.87 million residents live outside the capital Doha.
Once part of the Ottoman and British empires, Qatar finally gained its independence in 1971.