You probably already knew that Qatar is a hot country, located in the heart of the Middle East with summers often breaking 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but did you know Qatar is also a cool country? Here are five quick, cool facts about Qatar:
1. – QCOOL is an innovative new air conditioning technology developed by the Qatar-based Gulf Organization for Research & Development Institute. QCOOL dehumidifies and cools air in open or closed spaces, and reduces energy consumption by nearly 50% compared to conventional cooling and dehumidifying systems.
2. – Msheireb Downtown Doha and Lusail City, two urban development projects underway in Qatar, are leveraging a technique known as “district cooling,” which centrally cools multiple buildings from a single plant. By consolidating the cooling infrastructure, district cooling improves cooling energy efficiency by up to 40%!
3. – District cooling and solar energy are also being used at Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadiums to efficiently cool fans and players. Thanks to these technologies, Khalifa International Stadium (built in 1976, then renovated for the World Cup and reopened in 2017) is the coolest open-air sporting venue on earth!
4. – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November and December, when Qatar’s average temperature is 67-82 degrees Fahrenheit. That is actually cooler than the average summer temperature in Los Angeles – 86 degrees Fahrenheit – which will likely be one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup.
5. – Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas (LNG) in the world, accounting for nearly 30% of the global LNG market. LNG is natural gas that has been converted into a liquid by cooling it to -260 degrees Fahrenheit! LNG is 600 times smaller than gaseous natural gas, making it easier to transport on ships across longer distances. Qatar Petroleum is even investing $20 billion in an LNG plant in Texas, expected to make 45,000 American jobs.