Doha, the most populated city in the Qatar, grew out of, and now contains the Al Bidda neighborhood in the east. Mentions of Al Bidda date back to the 17th century, but it rose to prominence in the 19th century. Doha was officially established in 1820. It became the capital city in 1971 when Qatar became independent.
It quickly became one of the main financial centers of the region. In 1996 the Al Jazeera satellite networks were established in Doha. A year later Education City was established by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. With an area of 14 square kilometers, the area houses educational facilities the serve students from school age through graduate school. Virginia Commonwelth University was the first of 8-10 foreign universities to establish branch campuses in Education City. It also houses a number of Qatari schools and research institutions.
Located in the centre of Doha’s popular Souq Waqif, the hotel is on a plot that contains three old Qatari houses built around 1930. The project concept respects all three structures, adding bridges to connect the three buildings. The hotel is characterized by high ceilings with traditional beams, open courtyards and lavish woodwork including carved doors-all have been preserved and the main building’s courtyard has a new staircase and water feature. All the courtyards have light covers to protect from sun and sandstorms, and wooden screens have been introduced throughout. The hotel has 25 rooms and suites, a courtyard restaurant, meeting rooms, a spa and gym, and a library and reading room.