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.”


Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

Updated 04 July 2020

Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

  • The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make

PUNE: An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade — whose company makes industrial sheds — said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver.
“People are asking me for selfies,” he said.
“They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.”
India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities.