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.
Al Sharq Village & Spa reflects a traditional Qatari environment, a true Middle Eastern village that has grown organically over time. Pathways or traditional 'Sikkas' links various parts of the hotel, resort and spa, while the interiors are all influenced by traditional Arabic designs. The hotel consists of a number of villas, main building for the reception and function and ball room offering a waterfront view with a beach. The 71, 500 sq. m six senses spa, the largest in the region, made up of winding village streets rather than corridors, with the twenty-three treatment rooms resembling typical village houses.