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

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

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.”