Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun to air-condition the outdoors

Washington Post:

It was 116 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade outside the new Al Janoub soccer stadium, and the air felt to air-conditioning expert Saud Ghani as if God had pointed “a giant hair dryer” at Qatar.

Yet inside the open-air stadium, a cool breeze was blowing. Beneath each of the 40,000 seats, small grates adorned with Arabic-style patterns were pushing out cool air at ankle level. And since cool air sinks, waves of it rolled gently down to the grassy playing field.

There are a lot of problems with Qatar in general and their World Cup 2022 bid and preparations but its plan for cooling off the population and fans is very interesting.