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Doha plans world’s first air-conditioned outdoor plaza

Doha's Katara Plaza will feature “ground cooling technology” to make public spaces comfortable. (Katara Plaza)

Who said climate control must be limited to the indoors? Joe Quirke reports for Global Construction Review that the world’s first air-conditioned outdoor plaza is planned for Doha, Qatar. The public space would be part of the Katara Cultural Village, a major tourist attraction that draws a million visitors a year.

The article notes that the plaza would feature state-of-the-art “ground cooling technology” that was trialed at the village during public screenings of the 2014 World Cup. “Many spectators actually said they were cold while in the cooling areas,” the article says.

According to this Gulf Times article, the village’s 2014 “fan zone” was chilled by “jet delivery” of cold air and a vapor that helped to reduce humidity. Quirke notes that temperatures in Doha routinely exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahreheit). The outdoor plaza is set to debut in 2016.

Dubai also is interested in outdoor air conditioning. A planned extension of the city is expected to have air conditioned sidewalks during the hot season.

Global Construction Review

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