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.
Serving Qatar National Convention Centre, this high quality parking structure hosts around 3000 cars in five ondulating floors with an average floor to floor height of 3.6 meters and is approximately 140 meters by 300 meters in area. The perimeter of the building is kept open while the façade - an abstract web pattern formed out of aluminum tubes - provides partial shading and allows for interesting shadow play. The building is connected to the QNCC via a people’s mover station to the North side and an underground people’s mover station to the South side.