Dubai hotel plans to artificially cool sand

Soheil Abedian, founder of the in-the-works Palazzo Versace hotel in Dubai, doesn’t think tourists will mind the city’s 100-plus degree summer temperatures at its beach. Abedian is planning to implement a way—what way isn’t yet clear—to cool the sand for tourists to lay on. Some ideas the developers have mentioned, according to the United Kingdom’s Times Online and the Canadian Press, include a network of pipes under the sand containing a coolant that absorbs heat from the surface, refrigerated swimming pools, giant blowers to create breezes, forcing air-conditioned exhaust air from the hotel, and residential building and heat-deflecting materials and landscaping. The $609 million hotel and residential development is expected to be completed in 2010.