Doha’s World Cup Fan Zone tests 2022 cooling technology

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) is using the Fan Zone in the Katara Cultural District in Doha to test open-air cooling technologies being developed for the FIFA 2022 World Cup finals, the Qatar daily The Peninsula reported today.

“The SC plans to take feedback from the Fan Zone and turn it into recommendations to deliver an amazing fan and player experience at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar,” the newspaper reported.

The Fan Zone is an airconditioned open-air venue with capacity for 1,500 people. It is open until the World Cup Final on 13 July.

Qatar is continuing to dismiss reports that bribery was used to secure the mandate to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Despite all you have read or heard, there are also good and legitimate reasons why Qatar won the right to host the tournament in 2022,” Qatar Football Association president Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al Thani said in an article published on 1 July in The Australian, the Sydney daily newspaper. “I recognise why those not involved in the process might find Qatar’s success difficult to understand. Qatar does not have a rich football history. We are a small country. Temperatures are high in the summer. However unfairly, our wealth alone fuels suspicions. But our bid succeeded not because these big questions were ignored but because we provided compelling answers. We turned each challenge to our advantage. We won because our bid was seen as the best.”