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      • Cool heads and cup fever

        Having visited Qatar recently and witnessed the phenomenal growth within the country first hand, I was not entirely surprised by the decision of FIFA (soccer’s international governing body) to award the 2022 Football World Cup to this small Gulf state. Many of those unfamiliar with the scale of ambition displayed by Qatar’s rulers are still coming to terms with the prospect of one of the world’s biggest sporting events being held in a country no bigger than the US state of New Jersey and with a population of around 1.6 million. The purported $40–50 billion cost of staging the tournament is enough to impress even a footballer in the UK’s Premiership.

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    • UAE seeks broader fuel mix

      As hefty subsidies drive high electricity consumption, the UAE is looking to solar and nuclear power to cut its reliance on natural gas for generation.

    • Putting a price on integrated solar power
      Integrated solar combined-cycle power plants appear to have a bright future in the Middle East. However, their development and implementation depend on feed-in tariffs and other measures that pay generators per MWh, which can be difficult to calculate because of the complexity of such plants. Josef Petek of VTU Energy discusses a possible solution
    • District cooling in UAE

      Companies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are aiming at new markets with a cooling technology that could help countries in the Middle East to tackle an alarming rise in peak electrical loads.

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