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 project consists of four clusters of buildings, linked together by open arcades, to house administrative offices, a nursery school, a sports center, and a vocational school. The limited budget resulted in a choice of very simple materials: white acrylic paint for the elevations, white marble for the skirting and floor of the main entrance and for the stairway only. Most of the internal floors have modest carpet finish, with linoleum for the nursery school.