Value: $7.5bn


Qatar Foundation

Tel: (+974) 4 454 0000 


Astad Project Management

Tel: (+974) 4 425 8000

Education City is the flagship development of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (Qatar Foundation), a non-profit organisation that was set up in 1995 by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani to lead the country’s transformation into a modern, knowledge-based economy by 2030.

Located on the western edge of Doha, Education City covers a 1,500-hectare plot and houses most of the initiatives Qatar Foundation has backed. These include eight branch campuses of international universities, Qatar Science & Technology Park, the $2.3bn Sidra Medical & Research Centre, a convention centre, an equestrian centre, a diabetes centre, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Al-Jazeera Children’s Channel television station.

Since 2006, Qatar Foundation has launched more than $6.5bn-worth of construction projects at Education City. The schemes are managed by Astad, the joint-venture project management company formed by the foundation and state energy firm Qatar Petroleum.

Universities at Education City
Institution Home country Year opened
Virginia Commonwealth University US 1998
Weill Cornell Medical College US 2001
Texas A&M University US 2003
Carnegie Mellon Qatar US 2004
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service US 2005
HEC Qatar France 2007
Northwestern University  US 2008
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies Qatar 2011
UCL Qatar UK 2011
Source: Qatar Foundation 

Qatar Foundation has enlisted world-renowned architects to design the buildings at the site in order to create aesthetically striking, modern facilities that reflect both the surrounding environment and Qatar’s Islamic heritage, while being practical.

The masterplan for the campus was drawn up by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who also designed several buildings on the campus. Sustainability has been a central element of the projects and Qatar Foundation has set itself the target of earning LEED green-building ratings for all its future developments.

The site is also intended to have a main railway station, which will connect a light rail system for travel within the campus to the Doha metro planned by the government. The station will also allow access to the GCC railway when it is built.

About one-third of the scheme has been completed and the rest is due for completion by 2020. Additional land has been acquired adjacent to Education City, allowing for further expansion.

Key dates

June 2004

Sidra Medical & Research Centre announced

January 2008

Joint venture of the US’ Contrack International and Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain wins Sidra Medical & Research Centre

April 2009Sidra Medical & Research Centre enabling works awarded to Lebanon’s MAN Enterprise, concrete structure works to WEN Holding Company


Qatar Foundation and Qatar Petroleum form Astad Project Management to overlook all their construction projects


Northwestern University of Qatar College of Communications & Media due for completion

Source: MEED Projects