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.
An unconventional diagonal curtain wall derived from the concept of a tornado; architecturally achieved by rotating the form at every level the design representing a continually evolving culture and economy, the 43-storey Al Bidda Tower raises 234 meters above Doha’s West Bay area. It plays an important part in establishing the area as a business community and an office tower. It accommodates different uses from administration offices, meeting rooms, showrooms, art galleries, business centers, restaurants, cafés, multipurpose hall, to exclusive cafeterias and more. It has a single-storey basement connecting it to an adjoining seven-storey car park building hosting 1,000 car parking.