Wednesday, 9 April 2008
BAHRAIN made history yesterday when the three giant cooling fans on the Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) became fully operational for the first time.
The 29 metre-diameter blades are the new solution to the country's hot weather. For Bahrain, the period from May till around October is usually very hot and humid, and most people living in the country complain about the weather. This in turn brings people to use more air conditioning, using up more power, and putting stress on both resources and the environment. The fans on the world trade center are set to automatically swtich on every time the temperature rises above 30 degrees Celcius, creating a huge cool breeze and cooling the country down.
"Incorporating the fans as an alternative source of cooling will save people money on electricity bills, as they cut down on air conditioning. It will also save them money on dry cleaning as their clothes will be less drenched in sweat, and will even save them money on deodrant, which they won't need to use as much, creating substantial annual savings for families around the country" said WTC Bahrain associate director. "This will also help the current inflation problem, as people will have more money to spend on other items such as basic foodstuffs and housing", he said.
The Bahrain parliament has also done a research into the sort of savings that Bahraini people will get from this project, and came to the conclusion that every family will save exactly BD50 through decreased electricity, dry cleaning and deodrant usage. Therefore they have also agreed to stop the BD50 benefit given to each family, and use the 40 million dinar grant to build another World Trade Center with fans in Riffa.
Dubai, on the other hand has looked down on the project; not to be outdone by Bahrain, Dubai Holdings have decided to build four new towers on the corners of their city, and equip each one with a football-pitch sized air conditioner, all facing the center of the city. "The weather in Dubai will become substiantially cooler, possibly reaching -15 on a good cold winter night". Dubai Zoo has also collaborated with Dubai Holdings, and is planning on importing a number of Polar Bears and Penguins as soon as the project is ready.
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