- May 8, 2002
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On a late September evening in Qatar a persistent 35 degree Celsius heat hung outside the 2022 World Cup host's newly-built Al Janoub stadium, but down on the pitch the temperature was a cool 21 degrees. Qatar, a tiny Gulf state known for its scorching desert climate, says it has designed an energy-efficient cooling system that can make its open-air stadiums usable even in summer temperatures that soar well into the 40s. Soccer's next global showpiece tournament was moved to November and December to avoid Doha's intense summer heat, but Qatar decided to stick with the chilled stadiums in order to have future venues that would be usable year-round.