Singing in the rain: Dubai to build street where umbrellas are needed all year

A rendering of the raining street being constructed in Dubai. (Kleindienst Group)
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Updated 24 June 2020

Singing in the rain: Dubai to build street where umbrellas are needed all year

  • The new attraction will be located at The Heart of Europe, a $5 billion dollar tourism project off the coast of Dubai
  • The 1-kilometer street will feature restaurants and retail outlets

DUBAI: As a way to balance out the city’s hot summer months, Dubai is constructing a climate-controlled “raining street” where it pours every time the temperature rises above 27 degrees Celsius.

The new attraction will be located at The Heart of Europe, a $5 billion dollar tourism project in The World Islands off the coast of Dubai.

The 1-kilometer street will feature restaurants and retail outlets – mimicking European streets as cold water drizzles over visitors.

“After years of research and testing, we are now constructing the Raining Street that we expect to deliver as part of the Phase 1 development later this year,” UAE developer Kleindienst Group said in a statement.

The concept, however, is not new – it was inspired by the work of Austrian architect Camillo Sitte who envisioned cities with technology that can control the climate.

The Kleindienst Group explained how the street works saying “as soon as the temperature goes above 27 degrees celsius on the island, cold water in the form of rain will fall from top of the buildings through concealed pipes.”


US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

Updated 10 July 2020

US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

  • Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

LONDON: For a few fleeting minutes, US sprinter Noah Lyles thought he had broken the long-standing 200 meter world record at the Inspiration Games on Thursday.

Lyles, 22, is the 200m world champion and his time of 18.90 seconds would have smashed the 19.19 mark set by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in 2009.

But the headline time will not go into the history books after it was revealed he only ran 185 meters due to a blunder by the event organizers putting the starting line in the wrong place.

Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

His staggering time was immediately challenged by commentators watching the event.

“You can’t be playing with my emotions like this....Got me in the wrong lane smh,” he tweeted. He later tweeted again to correct himself, saying he had in fact started on the wrong line. 

The farcical ending to one of the headline races in the event will be an embarrassment for the organizers who were banking on showing the world that technology can make a major international athletics event possible despite the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.