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.
The courtyard design adopted for this mosque attempts to create a transition space between the undefined, empty surroundings of the building and the prayer hall. The mosque is not exactly street-aligned in order to respect orientation towards Mecca . A first arcade leads into the forecourt, with the minaret placed on the left handside. A Qatari decorative architectural feature, in the shape of a foliate bracket, has been reproduced here as a pre-cast concrete element and applied to the spandrels of doors, arcades and windows throughout the building.