Qataris develop artificial cloud to keep pitch cool during World Cup

Quite literally ‘cool as f**k’


Qatar 2022 will undoubtedly see at least 15 times more pissing and moaning than we had to endure during the South African World Cup last year, but if even half the technology proposed for the games comes to light, it’ll remain a fantastic spectacle.

A local engineering teacher has revealed designs for an ‘artifical cloud’ that will hover over the pitch and coat everyone in a cooling shade.

Saud Adbul Ghani says the system would cost half a million dollars, but could also be used over car parks and, erm, beaches:

Artificial cloud will move by remote control, made of 100 per cent light carbonic materials, fuelled by four solar-powered engines and it will fly high to protect direct and indirect sun rays to control temperatures at the open playgrounds

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12 responses so far
  • John // March 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Question: While agreeing with the ‘cool as f*ck’ slogan, would it not be extremely annoying to the players to play in and out of the shade like that?

    I am just wondering if anyone else thinks it would disrupt play more than help it…and part of me doubts that they will be able to make it anyways.

  • Rooney's Bald Spot // March 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    What if it fails and crashes on the pitch?

  • Ryan // March 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    @Rooney’s Bald Spot

    Then England’s chances to win the World Cup slightly improve.

  • QOOOL // March 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm


  • R2Dad // March 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    It would just need to fly at a higher altitude to cover the entire pitch. It’s actually not a bad idea, as long as it’s quiet. I don’t like the droning of blimp engines as they circle the stadium, either. The stadiums themselves would need some sort of evaporative cooling mist over the fans and players if the humidity was not too high. It works in dry environments like Arizona, but maybe not the gulf during the summer. You can still die of heat stroke in the shade!

  • whookid // March 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    and then if it gets cloudy….CRASH

    i dont think any flying vehicle has ever been powered by solar

  • TO // March 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    It’s unlikely that it will fall unless there’s deliberate sabotage. My beef with this thing is, as far as I can see, all it does is provide a shade. That in itself does not reduce the temperature in any way. Even if they install some type of air conditioner on this thing it’ll just disperse and not reallly cool anything unless they make some kind of enclosure

  • Capt Obvious // March 24, 2011 at 3:33 am


    Have you never been under the shade? It’s many times better than than having your skin roasting by tremendously strong sun rays. Besides, if it didn’t help I am sure they wouldn’t be researching the technology.

  • Ian // March 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Call me old fashioned but why not just pop a roof over stadium?!

  • Anya // March 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

    This technology’s already been invented, and it doesn’t involve some sort of solar powered magic carpet – it’s called a roof. There are even retractible roofs, if Qatar wants to show off how modern they are. What a waste of money.

  • Phil // March 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Got to say that I am in Ian and Anya’s camp with a more traditionalist view of a ‘roof’ – why re-invent the wheel (or magic-flying-solar-powered-fake-cloud-nonsense-thing), plus, as TO points out, a roof would enable an air conditioned atmosphere within an enclosed environment…

    Note to Qatar – ‘Roof’ – look it up, much more simple!!

  • John H // March 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    @r2dad The sun is so far away (and big) that sunlight is effectively parallel. So moving the “cloud” further away would not increase the size of the shadow. So this thing would need to be a floating sheet the size of the pitch. It seems unlikely to work.

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