Qatar 2022: Professor defends stadium cooling method

The Al Janoub Stadium one of the first stadiums completed for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 40,000-seat Al Janoub features new air-cooling technology to combat Qatar's notorious temperatures.

Posted: Nov 21, 2019 4:00 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2019 4:00 PM

Like a glistening pearl on a sandy ocean floor, the Al Janoub Stadium stands out from the desert landscape of Al Wakrah in Qatar.

It is one of the first of eight stadiums completed for the 2022 World Cup in the small Gulf State and is equipped to deal with the unique challenges facing this edition of football's showpiece.

Temperatures in Qatar can reach around 43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit) in June when World Cups have traditionally taken place. With this in mind, the tournament will instead kick off 21 November and conclude 18 December.

But winter in Qatar is a relative term with the mercury rising to as high as 30 degrees. To combat the heat, stadiums will be equipped with high-tech cooling systems which in turn raises concerns over the environmental impact of such an undertaking. How will the stadiums keep fans and players cool while avoiding flames from eco-conscious critics?

READ: Qatar World Cup coverage has been unfair, says 2022 chief executive

READ: Migrant workers being put at risk, says Human Rights Watch

"You can see the big volume of this stadium, we don't even cool one tenth of that big volume," Saud Abdul Ghani, a professor at the College of Engineering at Qatar University, who has led the project since 2009, told CNN's Amanda Davies inside the Al Janoub Stadium. "We only cool about two meters where the (fans) are and about three meters where the people play."

"The rest (of the energy used) is whatever was there. So what we do is we pull the air from the space (surrounding and inside the stadium), cool it and reissue it again, cool it and reissue it again. This technology is called recirculation."

Staying cool despite heat from critics

This technology has been used in a variety of areas from fishing to farming and is considered one of the more ecologically friendly means of cooling air. It minimizes water waste and uses existing hot air to power the process.

It's not just the air temperature that has made FIFA, world football's governing body, and the local organizing committee hot under the collar. Eyebrows were raised when Qatar was controversially awarded the World Cup in 2010 amid allegations of bribery and corruption.

Visit our football page for more news and videos

There have also been allegations of human rights violations against workers with concerns raised over possible mistreatment of traveling LGBTQI+ fans in the majority Muslim country.

READ: Qatar denies running secret 'black operation' to secure 2022 World Cup

READ: Dutch football match halted after 'Black Pete' chants

"Was Qatar treated unfairly? Yes, in my opinion, very much so," Nasser Al Khater, chief executive of the World Cup organizing committee, told CNN. "I believe that Qatar has been judged by the court of perception very early on."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 604687

Reported Deaths: 7643
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1250161780
Ramsey52519898
Dakota46852471
Anoka42789458
Washington27436291
Stearns22561225
St. Louis18146313
Scott17553137
Wright16383149
Olmsted13406102
Sherburne1202795
Carver1067448
Clay826592
Rice8204110
Blue Earth762744
Crow Wing681895
Kandiyohi668185
Chisago620152
Otter Tail586284
Benton582998
Goodhue484074
Douglas475781
Mower470533
Winona461451
Itasca460163
Isanti440364
McLeod430961
Morrison424962
Beltrami407962
Nobles407750
Steele397816
Polk389072
Becker386755
Lyon363853
Carlton353056
Freeborn347133
Pine334923
Nicollet331345
Mille Lacs311854
Brown308040
Le Sueur297326
Cass286332
Todd285633
Meeker263543
Waseca238023
Martin235333
Roseau211221
Wabasha20793
Hubbard196641
Dodge18783
Renville182846
Redwood176539
Houston174616
Cottonwood167124
Wadena163423
Fillmore157610
Faribault155219
Chippewa154038
Pennington153820
Kanabec146828
Sibley146810
Aitkin138937
Watonwan13579
Rock128719
Jackson122812
Pipestone116726
Yellow Medicine115020
Pope11306
Murray107110
Swift106918
Koochiching95518
Stevens92411
Clearwater89016
Marshall88817
Lake83220
Wilkin83213
Lac qui Parle75622
Big Stone6044
Grant5948
Lincoln5853
Mahnomen5669
Norman5479
Kittson49022
Unassigned48393
Red Lake4017
Traverse3775
Lake of the Woods3453
Cook1720

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 371226

Reported Deaths: 6056
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58274641
Linn21241339
Scott20311248
Black Hawk16180312
Woodbury15241230
Johnson1462285
Dubuque13515211
Dallas1129499
Pottawattamie11233174
Story1072048
Warren583891
Clinton561593
Cerro Gordo554196
Sioux517674
Webster516094
Muscatine4884106
Marshall487176
Des Moines467672
Wapello4337122
Buena Vista427040
Jasper421172
Plymouth403181
Lee382556
Marion366176
Jones301057
Henry294537
Bremer288761
Carroll287252
Boone268534
Crawford268340
Benton260355
Washington257551
Dickinson249344
Mahaska232751
Jackson225242
Clay216727
Kossuth216166
Tama212271
Delaware211143
Winneshiek198935
Page194522
Buchanan194133
Cedar192323
Hardin187544
Fayette186943
Wright186140
Hamilton182051
Harrison179973
Clayton171157
Butler166535
Madison164519
Mills163924
Floyd163542
Cherokee159338
Lyon158941
Poweshiek157136
Allamakee152852
Hancock150334
Iowa149724
Winnebago144531
Cass139255
Calhoun138813
Grundy137433
Emmet135841
Jefferson133335
Shelby131637
Sac130920
Union130035
Louisa129849
Appanoose129049
Mitchell126743
Chickasaw124917
Franklin123523
Guthrie123332
Humboldt119626
Palo Alto113523
Howard105022
Montgomery103638
Clarke101124
Keokuk96832
Monroe96431
Unassigned9550
Ida91635
Adair87432
Pocahontas85822
Davis85325
Monona83431
Osceola78917
Greene78011
Lucas77923
Worth7628
Taylor66812
Fremont6279
Decatur6169
Ringgold56424
Van Buren56418
Wayne54423
Audubon53411
Adams3444
Rochester
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 82°
Mason City
Cloudy
80° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 83°
Albert Lea
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 86°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 84°
Charles City
Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 81°
Showers and storms possible Thursday through Saturday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Dry Weather Leads To Less Mosquitoes

Image

Could A Parking Ramp Work In North Iowa

Image

Med City Welcomes Newest Downtown Hotel

Image

Aaron's Evening Forecast (6/23/21)

Image

Summer travel guidance as the pandemic winds down

Image

Lions Avenue of Flags Program

Image

Biker advocacy group talks about safety following crash

Image

Mason City Housing Survey

Image

Biodiversity effort

Image

New addition to Ronald McDonald House Plaza

Community Events