A View From the Other Side: Dubai Plans to Cool Sizzling Sandy Beach

December 15, 2008 by Mary Anne Simpson, Phys.org weblog
Palazzo Versace Hotel
Palazzo Versace Hotel

(PhysOrg.com) -- Dubai's out this world's Palazzo Versace located in the Culture Village has hired Hyder Consulting to use their innovative engineering talents to cool off the hotel/condominium resort's sizzling hot sandy beaches. Hyder Consulting has a long-term presence in the Middle East and offers engineering services, including environmentally sustainable buildings, infrastructure solutions, mechanical and electrical expertise. According to Soheil Abedian, president of Palazzo Versace, "We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on." Palazzo Versace will be completed sometime in late 2009 to 2010.

Hyder Consulting is the supervising engineering firm for Emaar's Burj Dubai, the tallest structure in the world. Hyder Consulting is known for its Ski Dubai a commercial attraction that provides a Nordic Winter experience by recycling snow and employing cutting edge technology to power the entire facility. The Palazzo Versace beach project will use a cooling system of heat-absorbing pipes to be installed underneath the sand and huge wind blowers will send gentle breezes over sunbathers.

Temperatures in Dubai can easily hit 122-degrees Fahrenheit during the Summer months, making the sands too hot for most visitors to walk on. The cooling pipes, giant air blowers and cooled pools will offer guests a pleasant beach experience even in the scorching temperatures.

Hyder Consulting has some experience with creating environmentally friendly beaches. In July, 2008 Abu Dhabi Beach reopened after Hyder Consulting renovated the landmark public beach by installing storm water pipelines, sewage treatment, pumping stations and massive infrastructure improvements along with aesthetic improvements. A boardwalk, Galleria, towers and palm trees were added to create a pristine recreation site for Abu Dhabi Beach located adjacent to the crystal clear water on the Arabian Gulf.

Dubai's bigger than life expansion is not without its critics. According to the Daily Mail in the UK, "Each person living in Dubai has a carbon footprint of more than 44-tons of C02 annually" In response to this criticism, a Palazzo Versace spokesperson states, the beach project will be environmentally sustainable.

According to the building plans released by Palazzo Versace, Dubai, the 215 hotel rooms and 169 condominiums will share spas, three restaurants, indoor gymnasium, energy efficient facilities, and outdoor pools, scuba pools, promenade and the "Cool Beach." Twenty-four hour, 7-day security is included. The proposed prices for the hotel and condominiums is not published. If you have to ask...

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2.7 / 5 (7) Dec 15, 2008
It could be me but, is physorg really the place for this kinds of 'technology news'?

I follow physorg for about three or four years now and this kind of material started to pop up recently. Is it only me that notices it?
Any input from other/older readers?
3.2 / 5 (6) Dec 15, 2008
I find this extremely relevant to my industry.
4.7 / 5 (3) Dec 15, 2008
4 / 5 (4) Dec 15, 2008
i know what you mean nonoice. Yes the technology may be relevant to your industry crossrip, if you are in some sort of engineering, but the article sounds too much like an advertisement for vacation, instead of focusing on how the technology actually works, and how they will install it.
5 / 5 (2) Dec 15, 2008
According to the Daily Mail in the UK, "Each person living in Dubai has a carbon footprint of more than 44-tons of C02 annually"

Pure jealousy.
5 / 5 (2) Dec 15, 2008
It's OK to put this stuff here, it's amazing how far technology can be implemented when there is a big enough cheque book.
5 / 5 (3) Dec 15, 2008
Yes, how do they cool that much sand in that kind of environment??? Evaporation coolers maybe??

"Where's the Science?"
3 / 5 (1) Dec 16, 2008
Palazzo Versace, a luxury hotel being built in Culture Village, has hired Hyder Consulting to cool the hot sand on the resorts beaches. Heres a quote from the president of Palazzo Versace to explain things a little further:We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on.

Suck the heat out of sand? Why? Why not wear flip-flops? Whats going on here? Is there a financial crisis, or what?

5 / 5 (2) Dec 16, 2008
AbleBobby, Whether they deserve it or not dubai is the banking capital of the Middle East and working on trying to be the money capital of the world. They have the money to blow because a cut of every barrel of oil from the middle east goes to them.

jyo, Most of the world is in a financial crisis, Dubai is makeing money faster than they can spend it, and damn are they trying to spend it before it goes bad, money does go bad right?

Nonoice, I agree they are definately starting to drift to pandering to the average person while it's the not so average person who supported them through. I personally enjoy a good engineering article, and this would be okay if it was just a teaser, with a real article showing technology they were considering, impact of droping the beach temperature by the neccisary amount, etc, but if this is the bulk of the story then there isn't really a story, yet.
5 / 5 (2) Dec 16, 2008
Now if they could engineer a way to use the heat from the sand to run the hotels, that would be innovative. As is, I'd say this article is kind of a waste of time.

5 / 5 (2) Dec 16, 2008
yeah, that article doesnt tell you anything. pure filler.

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