Highlights in Education and Science 

Educational & Scientific Highlights

Here you can find a selection of institutions, universities and libraries 

Fanar – Qatar Islamic Cultural Center

Together, the Fanar Cultural Center and the Spiral Mosque form a modern Islamic center not far from the Corniche. The Spiral Mosque, with its unique architecture and beautiful minaret, is visible from far and is considered to be a landmark of the city. The mosque of the Cultural Center is currently the largest in the state of Qatar.

The Fanar Cultural Center offers the opportunity to learn more about the Islam and also to embrace educational opportunities such as learning the Arabic language. Every Friday, three-hour free visitor tours are offered.

Qatar National Library 

The spectacular Qatar National Library (QNL), designed by the renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, was officially opened in 2017 in Education City. The QNL is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the Qatar Foundation.

The QNL serves multiple functions: It is as a national library, a university library at research level and a central city library for the digital age. It is an important steward of the national heritage of Qatar, collecting, preserving and making accessible the recorded history of the country.

In addition to the full-text online resources, QNL currently has around one million books in its collections, more than 500,000 e-books, magazines and newspapers, as well as special collections. In 2011, the popular Heritage Library was also integrated into the library. Renowned German librarians and historians have made valuable contributions to the creation of this institution.

The Qatar National Library also offers many activities and events. The visit of the QNL is a very special experience. A library, technologically as advanced as the QNL does not exist in Germany.

Further information can be found here.

Qatar University

Qatar University was founded in 1977 for the first four departments: Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Sharia, and Law and Islamic Studies. Since then, it expanded with the founding of the College of Engineering in 1980 and the College of Business in 1985. Today, Qatar University includes nine colleges and universities: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education and Media, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Sharia and Islamic Studies. The scientific and teaching staff comes almost entirely from abroad, including Germany. The architecture of these colleges and universities is captivating: each campus is a unique piece of outstanding quality. 

Over the years, the university has received the highest international accreditations. Qatar University currently has a student body of over 20,000 students and an alumni body of over 40,000. Again, the Qatari are in the minority: Most students come from abroad. Particularly desirable are students from other Arab countries who, supported by the rich country of Qatar, may later help to raise the standard of education in their own countries.

Further information can be found here.

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation is a foundation for education, science and community development. It was led by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, who founded the Qatar Foundation in 1995 with her husband and Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. That alone was – and is – an innovation that clearly signaled that Qatar wants to break new grounds in the Arabian Gulf culture. The wife of the Emir had been a public figure, but she did not cover her face, she took over a public office with a high publicity effect, spoke publicly and gave a clear signal for the role and importance of women in modern Qatar.

Under the motto “Unlocking Human Potential,” the Qatar Foundation is pursuing the goal of transforming Qatar’s oil and gas revenues into a modern, knowledge-based society and economy.

Here, on a huge area with additional branches in Doha, an impressive new district emerged. In addition to the world-renowned universities, the Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), important pre-university schools and the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) facilities such as the Al Shaqab Stud and Equestrian Center, the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), the Sidra Medical and Research Center, the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies or the Qatar National Library – just to name a few. Projects such as the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the new sustainable downtown Msheireb have also been created here.

A visit to Qatar Foundations is a “must-see”  in order to experience how imposing the future of Qatar is. The architecture and the tangible sustainability Qatar Foundations will inspire you. You can visit Qatar Foundation on your own or join a guided tour offered on the Qatar Foundation website.

Further information can be found here.