The Khalifa International Stadium, one of the new venues that will be used to host matches during the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup, has attracted praise for an air-conditioning system that will help keep players cool during games.

The stadium opened its doors to the public for the first time last week by staging the 2017 Emir Cup final.

During the match, the cooling system helped bring temperatures on the playing surface down to 20 degrees, while spectators in the stand were able to watch the game in a comfortable 23 degrees.

The launch will come as a major boost for organisers of the World Cup, after concerns were raised over the temperatures that players will be subjected to when playing in matches during the national team football tournament.

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), told the SC.qa website: “It is proof of what we’ve always said. People thought the cooling technology was only a dream. The reality is it was in Al Sadd Club, and today it is in Khalifa International Stadium.

“It is continuing, becoming something normal and deliverable, and the delivery is on the ground. It showcased the capabilities and the quality that we have.”

The new cooling system is said to be 40 per cent more sustainable than existing techniques.