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Education City

The flagship initiative of Qatar Foundation

Unlike any other place in Qatar, Education City is home to branch campuses of some of the world’s leading educational institutes, a homegrown research university, start-up incubators, technology parks, heritage sites, cultural institutions, and much more.

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Education City

Nestled in the heart of Al Rayyan, Education City was the result of the development of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, which was first established by Father Amir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Her Highness, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 1995. Qatar Foundation aimed to achieve economic sustainability through innovations in education and research by "Unlocking Human Potential".

Education City was officially inaugurated on October 13th, 2003, and it has since grown to be the home of eight universities with affiliated research institutes, including Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, HEC Paris, along with its homegrown university, Hamad Bin Khalifa University; 13 schools as a part of Qatar Foundation’s Pre-University Education network; Qatar National Library; Education City Stadium – one of the venues of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™; the Qur’anic Botanic Garden; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art as well as several art exhibitions and installations including Seeroo fi al ardh; Oxygen Park; –Green Spine and Ceremonial Court; Minaretein – the Education City Mosque; Al Shaqab; Qatar National Convention Centre; and the Education City Golf Club.

During just one short walk—or tram ride—around Education City, you can enjoy the vast green spaces, cross the street to browse over one million books at one of the region’s largest libraries, enjoy a round of golf or an art tour. Education City is for everyone!

Education City introduces great public art installations: 

● ''The Miraculous Journey" by Damien Hirst at Sidra Medicine 

● ''Maman'' by Louise Bourgeois at Qatar National Convention Center. 

Another popular activity is called Ladies Night—this is where Oxygen Park is reserved only for women during specific hours within the week to allow them to practice their sport comfortably and enjoy some fresh air. Other ladies-only activities can be found on the Education City App. 

Browse the Education City App

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 Sunday to Saturday: 6:00 AM - 10:0 PM 

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