Qatar 2022 introduce "cooling" helmets for construction workers

The helmets have been designed in the Gulf state

BY Daniel Kelly 09:18 Tuesday 20 December 2016, 9:18 20 Dec 2016

Workers walk back to the Al-Wakra Stadium work site being built for the 2022 World Cup, in Doha. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Sunday afternoon marked the six-year countdown to the end of Qatar 2022.

The World Cup final will take place on December 18th in the Lusail Iconic Stadium, in a bid to cope with the warmer temperatures of the Qatari summer.

Researchers at Qatar University has designed a helmet that they claim will make workers' lives easier during the summer months. It is claimed the helmet will help cool the labourers, by up to ten degrees Celsius.

"This type of body-based cooling technology has been used before in US sports for training purposes in hot states, but we have now developed this innovative solution for the construction sector and we believe it has the potential to revolutionise the construction industry in hotter areas of the world" revealed Qatar University Professor Dr. Saud Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani.

The Gulf nation has regularly come under criticism for its handling of workers' rights, especially those who come to the country from abroad. The kafala system sees labourers have their passports confiscated when entering the country.

Product designers feel the technology can be used among work forces around the world, if successful in Qatar. The hats are expected to cool workers for up to four hours.

"This type of innovative cooling technology will be ideal for the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Mexico and the USA, all countries with hot climates where this technology can help reduce heatstroke and regulate body temperatures for construction workers significantly. Once we have finished development we can roll this out to the region and to other hot areas as part of the legacy of this tournament,” added Dr. Saud.

The World Cup begins on November 21st, 2022.

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