Qatar is celebrating after claiming success with its eye-catching plan to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the searing 45°C Middle East summer heat.
The bid has been put together with assistance of Arup, who designed and constructed a fully operational zero-carbon air-conditioned five-a-side stadium.
The demonstration project was completed in time for the FIFA delegation to view in September and proved that through “innovation not experimentation”, solar harvesting technologies can be used to air-condition the playing surface and seating areas to the standard required for world class football matches to take place.
If Qatar’s bid is successful today, the technology will be rolled out across 12 full-sized stadia and practice pitches in a project worth in excess of £6.4M to create the first ever zero-carbon World Cup.
FIFA will also decide today whether England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup was successful.