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 floating platform is an educational facility situated on Doha’s West Bay waterfront. The structure includes gathering spaces for public events including a Majlis, a gallery, a small theatre, and an outdoor shaded terrace. The design reflects features and characteristic of traditional Qatari homes in the ceilings, panels, doors, shutters, and some of the furniture, decorated with calligraphy, inscriptions, patterns and carvings from the rich history of the region. It accommodates workshops, seminars, conferences, and other cultural and educational events; including an exhibition that showcases the history of Doha, specifically the Mushierb area and its ambitious future development plans.