Saturday, March 26, 2011

High-tech Clouds to Beat Heat in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

It’s always a world class bid as the richest countries vie to get a chance to host this most amazing international event that started in 1930, held every four years, belonging to the soccer world.
FIFA, the international governing body for soccer (football), requires detailed and painstaking regulations and specifications regarding security, transport, accomodation, training facilities, opening and closing ceremonies, marketing, promotions, ticketing, insurance and other administrative matters among those countires who bid to host World Cup that it naturally makes only the richest countries who have multiple surplus funds to have the guts to bid for a hosting stint that would pump more money into their economy. Reports of a billion-dollar-budget for a World Cup turning to as big as $5 billion is not something new anymore.
 Though it’s only 2011 the host country for the World Cup is already secured until 2022. Brazil would host in 2014 and Russia would take over in 2018.

Qatar, the host of the World Cup 11 years from now, attracted humongous attention lately when it promised an artificial cloud that would keep everyone watching the World Cup cool and comfortable.
The emirate of Qatar is known from being a British protectorate that transformed itself to a small country with the world’s largest per capita production and hence one of the richest who is reliant on its enormous oil and natural gas reserves.

The World Cup usually has 32 teams competing for the title at different venues in its host nation. This happens for about a month and is popularly known as the World Cup Finals. These teams come from a qualification phase which transpires during the three years before every World Cup. The current champion is Spain.
The 19 World Cups have the following tally of winners: Brazil (noted for playing all the time) = 5, Italy = 4, Germany = 3, Argentina = 2, Uruguay = 2 , England = 1, France = 1 and Spain = 1.
Qatar won the 2022 bid by promising that its nine new open-air stadiums would be air-conditioned. They recently announced an artificial cloud that would come in a flat and rectangular mechanism built on light carbonic materials that would hover above the stadiums and provide shade controlled by a remote control and ran on solar power . This would add an additional $500,000 to Qatar’s budget.
This is Qatar’s answer to concerns about its country’s heat since they began pursuing a World Cup hosting gig in 2009. Qatar’s average temperature in July is 106 degrees with temperatures reaching as high as 120. Because of this Qatar is hosting the World Cup on January instead of the traditional July. Qatar’s January temperature has an average high of 71 degrees.
They would be the smallest nation to host a World Cup. Qatar had beaten the U.S., Australia, Japan and South Korea to host this 2022 event.

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