Education in Qatar took its first steps by the
end of the 19th century through what used to be known as
"Katatib". In 1890, during the reign of Sheikh Qassem bin
Mohammed bin Thani there were 10 of such Katatib.
The “Kuttab”, singular for Katatib, was a small pre-school
institution in which pupils were taught reading, writing and
Qur’an recitation. This system of education continued till the
early years of the 20th century.
In 1913 the
country witnessed the first serious attempt to set up a regular
system of education. Opening of the Athariyya religious school
was a major step in that direction.
This school, more modernistic than the Kuttab, remained open
until 1938 when it closed down as its headmaster Sheikh Mohammed
bin Abdul Aziz Al-Manaa moved to Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the
Katatib continued to operate as usual.
In 1947 the first
school, with a defined comprehensive curriculum, was opened on
the premises of the "Al Athariyaa School", and was named
"Al-Islah Al-Hamadiya School”, after its founder, Sheikh Hamad
bin Abdalla Al Thani. The School, whose students were 154,
lasted for two years only.
However, regular education as it is known today, started only in
1950 / 1951 when the “Qatar Elementary School” was opened. This
was the first school to be opened at a dedicated premise
incorporating four classes with 190 pupils.
Official curricula were introduced in 1952, and books were
imported from some Arab countries.
More schools were then opened. In 1952 / 1953 the “Education
Commission”, which assumed the role of the Ministry of
Education, opened a second school in Al-Khor.
The following year two more schools were opened at Al-Ruwais
village in the North and in Doha. The same year the first girls’
elementary school was opened to replace the then existing four
Kuttabs for girls.
In 1955 the Education
Department was established to oversee education, and two years
later it became the Ministry of Education with Sheikh Jassim bin
Hamad Al Thani as the first Minister of Education.
By then the number of schools rose to 14 elementary and
kindergarten schools, while the number of teachers reached 45
and the number of pupils exceeded 1000.
In 1958 it was decided to offer education to all male and female
Qataris and expatriates of school age.
All kindergartens were turned into primary schools, thus raising
the total number of elementary schools in the country to 22, two
of which were for girls, in addition to a secondary school for
boys and one industrial school.
In 1959 / 1960 the educational ladder was modified to
incorporate three stages:
Elementary (6 years)
Preparatory (3 years)
Secondary (3 years)
The secondary stage was divided into two
streams of specialization: scientific and literary. In 1962
religious and trade education were incorporated in the general
Teachers Training Institute was opened in 1967 to help overcome
the shortage of qualified teachers.
The number of schools continued to increase, and in 1967 / 1968
the first commercial school was opened, while the first
secondary school for girls was opened in 1969 / 1970 alongside
a Teacher Training School for girls.
Qatar University and the Language Institute were opened in
In 1978 "model schools" were introduced. Three such schools were
opened. In 1989 / 1990 a five-year plan for a nationwide model
schooling system for all male pupils was formulated and their
number continued to increase thereafter.
compulsory up to the preparatory (intermediate) level, and is
free for all Qataris all the way to the university. Almost 80%
of Qataris below 15 are enrolled in government schools.
In 2002 the total number of students stood at almost 75000
enrolled in 113 elementary schools (60 for boys and 53 for
girls) and more than 105 preparatory and secondary schools.
The Ministry of
Education worked hard over the years to improve the quality of
education through the introduction of technological aids and
opening specialized schools such as: Scientific Schools,
Developed Schools, Cooperative Schools, Technical Schools, and
Centers for gifted children.
Qatar has a number of establishments catering to children and
adults with special needs. In 1976 / 1977 two institutes were
set up for those with speech and hearing impairment, and the
mentally handicapped, one for boys and the other for girls.
Al Amal Institute
for Boys was opened in 1981, and Al Amal Institute for Girls in
In 1984 the mentally handicapped were separated from those with
speech and hearing impairment.
Thus two institutions for boys and two more for girls were
established: the Mental Education, and Auditory Education. The
specialized “An-Noor” institute for the blind was opened in 1998
As IT literacy
has become an addition to the three basic 'R's' of reading,
writing and arithmetic, IT courses were integrated in the 1st
secondary grade on a trial program in 1990.
Four years later a decision was taken to have IT literacy as an
educational means to all schools. By 1998 elementary schools had
been included in the program.
The government has paid due attention to Qatarizing the
educational sector. At present 76.6 % of teachers and
administrators in this sector are Qataris; 92.5 % of the female
cadres in the field of education are Qataris as well.
Qatar was among the first
GCC countries to adopt a well defined educational policy: a
visionary document drawn up as a blueprint to regulate the
turnout of the general education system.
This policy is based on intellectual, cultural, social and
national philosophies, and hinges on established Arab and
The aim is to raise a generation who maintains a balance between
national and pan-Arab tenets on the one hand, and embraces other
human cultures, and values of social justice, equality, liberty,
human rights, and democracy, on the other.
Figures and achievements
According to the 2004-2005
statistics, the total number of students (males and females) in
regular schools (elementary, preparatory and secondary stages)
stands at 67,591 students served by more than 7,613 teachers and
The total number of
schools reached 150, of which 44 are for boys, 78 for girls and
28 for primary education. The number of students in the
elementary, preparatory and secondary stages is estimated at
33,126; 17,588 and 16,877 respectively.
The numbers of students
who joined the industrial and commercial schools are 296 and
The number of Qatari
nationals abroad on scholarships, fellowships, assistantships
and studying for PhD's, boards, Master and Bachelor degrees are
318, while 326 students benefited from local scholarships. In
the teaching sector, about 700 elementary school teachers (males
and females) graduated from the Teacher Training Centre.
The number of private
schools reached 12 elementary schools, four preparatory schools,
two secondary schools, one school for technical and industrial
education, and six schools for the foundation stage.
As to the public sector,
20 new schools were built and 21 existing ones were upgraded.
Moreover, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has made substantial
achievements over the last two years:
Improving the quality of education
for people with special needs at the Noor School for the
Blind, the Knowledge School and the Listening School;
Developing a plan for studying abroad
on scholarships, as well as implementing the "Academic
Bridge" project in which 150 students were enrolled in
collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Education,
Science and Community Development;
Developing curricula and school text
books in the light of the unified curricula plan for GCC
Building 18 primary schools for
Illiteracy eradicationThe Ministry of
Education is fully in charge of illiteracy eradication and adult
education programs. This dates back to 1954. Since 1966 there
has been a steady rise in the number of those studying in
A 5-year plan was launched in 1998 to eradicate illiteracy among
Qataris aged between 10 and 45.
Students go through 2 levels each lasting one year: the 1st is
up to the second primary grade while the 2nd is up to the fourth
children with special needs started in 1974 with the opening of
a single classroom affiliated to a boy's primary school.
By 1980, the number of classes rose to 3 classes, supervised by
8 teachers. In 1981 Al Amal (hope) Institute for Boys was
opened, to be followed by the opening of Al Amal Institute for
Students attending these schools receive Islamic education
lessons to be good citizens and to help them grow physically,
mentally, emotionally and socially.
Such schools provide students with knowledge and necessary
experiences suitable for their specific situations.
To cater for
talented, gifted and creative students, the MOE has set up the
Center for the Talented and Gifted in 2001 to provide
activities, programs and services which would help such students
develop and refine their capabilities.
The Center aims at helping educational institutions in designing
educational services and putting them into practice in order to
serve gifted students. The Center also aims to carry out
researches and academic and experimental studies on the concept
of talent, creativity, talented students' needs and means of
supporting their special needs.
The MOE provides
private schools with text books taught at MOE's schools, and
supervises their educational activities, offers them free
medical care, electricity and water.
The total number
of private educational institutes stood at 215 in 2000,
including higher education academies, preschools, and the
schools of the Arab and foreign communities.
There are 101 Arab schools, 14 foreign schools, and 44
preschools, besides kindergarten affiliated to foreign schools.
Nearly 42,000 students were enrolled in the private educational
institutions in 1998.
is a key player in the global energy industry, having
the largest known unassociated gas field in the world.
The country is aiming also to be a hub for education not
only in the region, but on Arab and international arena.
To translate this vision into reality, Qatar has
dedicated substantial resources to the education sector
to enable new generations to cope with the imperatives
of the modern age.
part of this strategic vision, Qatar has established
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community
Development, which has put Qatar on the international
map of Education.
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community
Development is a private, non-profit chartered
organization, founded in 1995. It aims to develop and
utilize human potential through a network of centers and
a unique Education City, with branch campuses of some of
the world's leading universities.
The Learning Center (TLC)
The Learning Center in Qatar, an international
educational community, is a private, non-profit
organization founded in 1996 by Qatar Foundation for
Education, Science and Community Development.
It provides diagnostic consultative, direct
instructional and therapeutic services to students with
learning differences in order to enable them to reach
their full potential. Individualized instruction, small
classes and a highly specialized curriculum emphasizing
cognitive, social and academic development for full time
students. Outreach programs such as professional
training, lectures, parent information sessions and
community awareness promote public understanding and
knowledge of current research in child development,
teaching and parenting techniques.
also offers a highly encouraging learning environment
that enables students to achieve overall personal
excellence, thus ensuring their place in the larger
world community as self confident, and self reliant
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP)
The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a post-secondary
university preparatory program, which prepares the most
able of regional high school graduates for admission to
and success in degree programs at the universities in
Qatar Foundation's Education City and other world-class
universities. In addition, it serves students by easing
the transition from area schools into the rigorous,
demanding environment of selective educational
Serving approximately 220 students this year, the
Academic Bridge Program utilizes a specially designed
American curriculum to ensure that students meet
high-level admission standards.
addition to the social and educational preparation it
gives to students, the Academic Bridge Program provides
state-of-the-art facilities and broad international
acceptability. Great opportunities are available for the
region's top students to study at selective
universities, and the Academic Bridge Program ensures
their ability to succeed at those universities by
providing them with the confidence, support and skills
they need to achieve in the highly competitive
atmosphere of world-class institutions
Social Development Center (SDC), a non profitable
organization was established in 1996 under the patronage
of H.H Sheikha Mozha Bint Nasser Al-Misneed, the Consort
of H.H the Emir.
SDC cares for all members and sector of society,
Qatari's and non-Qatari's.
SDC gives priority to the development
of low-income families and women, and empower them to be
self-sufficient. Strengthening the role of the family in
society and protecting its social and economic
stability. Raising the economic situation of low income
families and assisting them to be self sufficient.
Empowering women economically and improving their status
in society. Monitoring and scientifically studying
social problems and proposing solutions for
them. Preserving popular heritage and reviving
traditional marketable crafts.
Qatar Academy is a private, non-profit organization
offering quality education for boys and girls from
pre-school to university entrance.
Academy was founded in 1996 under the auspices of the
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community
Development. Comprising of a Primary School and Senior
School, it occupies a magnificent campus on the
outskirts of Doha.
Academy serves students from age 3 to 18 offering an
international curriculum that incorporates Arabic
culture, combined with the traditional values and the
most modern trends in education. We have a team of
highly experienced teachers and administrators joining
us from Europe, the United States, Australasia and the
Middle East working with over 870 students of 37
women form an essential link between the family and the
medical team, the Women's branch was established in
September 1996. It helps in promoting the participation
of women freely while maintaining the traditional
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Qatar Rand institute
For more than 50 years, decisionmakers in the public and
private sectors have turned to The RAND Corporation for
objective analysis and effective solutions. With
interdisciplinary thinking and innovative
problemsolving, RAND separates facts from assumptions,
lays out options and outcomes, and confronts
implementation head-on-helping its clients to think
broadly, plan realistically, and executive effectively.
RAND has recently made great strides toward fulfilling
its goal of becoming the world's most effective and
trusted policy research institution.
and Qatar Foundation have partnered to establish the
RAND-Qatar Policy Institute in Doha, to harness the
research and analytic skills of hundreds of RAND experts
in the United States and Europe to study some of the
most important issues facing the Middle East.
Institute is a home for analysis of subjects key to the
economic and social development and the stability of the
region-education, health care, effective governance,
labor markets and human resource development,
demographics and population dynamics, information and
communications technology, transportation, water
resources, physical and institutional infrastructure,
environmental protection, economic policy, and regional
security, to name a few.
objective of this analysis is to provide public and
private decisionmakers with practical information about
the options they face and the consequences of pursuing
Foundation's Science & Technology Park
international hub for research and commercialisation is
emerging in the Middle East: Qatar Foundation's Science
& Technology Park (STP). By providing an attractive home
for technology-based companies from around the world,
STP is accelerating Qatar's move toward a
offers the ideal environment in which to develop
technology and deliver it to the marketplace. Tenants
are provided with office space, laboratory facilities
and business-support services on a non-profit basis.
They also enjoy the benefits of Qatar's first free-trade
zone, which does away with taxes and import duties and
makes it easy to set up a wholly-owned local entity.
feature of STP is its co-location with top international
universities at Education City, a 1000 hectare campus of
schools, colleges and national facilities in Doha, the
capital of Qatar. Those universities not only teach
degrees identical to their "home" campuses but are
building world-class research programs, giving STP
tenants the opportunity to undertake collaborative
research and recruit highly-educated graduates. The
universities' programs cover engineering (four streams),
medicine, computer science, business and design.
services side, STP takes care of operational matters
such as meeting rooms, facilities management and
security. Importantly, it will also provide higher-value
business services such as intellectual-property advice,
recruitment, legal and marketing support.
national level, Qatar is rapidly upgrading its entire
infrastructure for technology and innovation. STP itself
will deliver several initiatives to promote research and
commercialisation - in particular helping to create
start-up technology companies - and a national research
fund is also planned. To illustrate the scale of
investment, an $8 billion endowment was recently
announced for the coming teaching and research hospital.
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community
Development in conjunction with Qatar Armed Forces,
and the International Baccalaureate, has spawned a new
and unique concept of secondary education.
is another achievement of Qatar Foundation, presided by
the Consort of H.H the Emir, Her Highness Sheikha Mouzah
Bint Nasser Al-Misnad. It has as its cornerstones four
values that are related to Islamic and Qatari Culture:
Islamic, Arabic Culture and Values Programmes.
Internationally recognised Academic Programmes
Leadership Programmes for shaping the Qatari nation's
future leaders Rigorous Athletic Programmes.
will provide the highest possible standards of
education, and strives to achieve academic and moral
excellence for each cadet that enters the academy. It
will develop independent, critical thinkers, lifelong
learners and responsible Qatari citizens who will be the
future leaders of society.
Academy provides internationally accepted,
comprehensive, challenging, English medium programmes,
Arabic and Islamic Studies and a unique Leadership
Programme to graduation at age 18, in order to develop
future leaders who will prepare our young men for
further, higher education study either locally or
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Besides being distinguished by its
comprehensiveness, diversity and efficiency in terms
of both equipment and human resources, health care
in the State of Qatar is based on the sober
philosophy that medical care should be available for
all residents of Qatar, citizens and expatriates
Health care establishments, cadres, curative and
preventive medical services, and equipment have
undergone substantial upgrading and improvements.
Health services are offered through an integrated
link chain starting from the primary health care to
the services extended by the major hospitals.
Until 1945, there was only one public hospital in
Qatar, and patients had to travel abroad even for
minor surgeries. The Medical Services Department was
opened in 1951, and when the population doubled in
the next ten years to reach 24,000, a Department for
Preventive Medicine was created. It was equipped
with an X-Ray machine to help diagnose and treat
With the establishment of Al-Rumailah Hospital in
1957, maternity and child care services were
introduced, outpatient clinics were founded, and
medical examination was offered to school children.
By 1993, diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus,
polio, and whooping cough had been largely
eradicated through immunization programmes.
Health centres went computerized in 1981 with the
aim of organizing and allocating them
geographically, so that there would be one doctor
for every 2,500 patients. Hamad General Hospital
(HGH) was inaugurated in 1982 with a capacity of 660
To meet the country’s needs of highly skilled
paramedical and nursing personnel, a nursing school
was established in 1969, but the Higher Nursing
Institute did not materialise until 1999. The first
batch of students to join the institute consisted of
130 girls. The institute is a national academic
department, under the supervision of the National
Health Authority, assigned to teach nursing. It
delivers a nursing diploma (ADN) after the
completion of a two year and a half course. Studies
are carried out in English.
The institute is also expected to start a bridging
programme for a bachelor of science in nursing in
cooperation with the Faculty of Sciences at the
University of Qatar. The aim is to form qualified
nursing specialists, with focus on the national
The National Health Authority
The National Health Authority (NHA)
was created in 2005 and is monitoring public health
services in the country as well as the medication of
Qatari nationals abroad. It also deals with
regulating drugs commerce and production, as well as
ensuring medicines are meeting international quality
standards. In addition, NHA provides preventive and
NHA also supervises the Hamad Medical Corporation
(HMC), the Specialist & Educational Hospital,
private clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, medicine
and nursery councils, as well as primary hospitals
and health care centres. The Authority also
regulates the private medical sector and oversees
the coordination with the health insurance system in
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
was founded in 1982, following the fusion of the three
biggest hospitals in the country (Hamad General
Hospital, Al-Rumailah General Hospital and Women’s
Specialist Hospital). HMC was also entrusted with
running the Primary Health Care Clinics throughout the
major operations such as kidney transplants, plastic,
open heart and cardiovascular surgeries are carried out
locally. Among the internationally reputed hospitals HMC
is affiliated with, for consultations and exchange of
expertise, are Mayo Clinic, Cornell Medical School, and
Thorax Centre in the Netherlands.
sponsored 60 young Qatari girls and boys who will become
the first cohort of students in the Canadian College of
the North Atlantic – Qatar. Following their course, they
will join the corporation’s hospitals and medical
centres, and will specialise in radiology, respiratory
system, emergency services, medical computing and
Hamad General Hospital
Hamad General Hospital (HGH) extends
a highly specialised care to all the people of Qatar
through a modern and well-equipped facility. The
hospital opened in 1982 and has a total of 621 beds for
inpatient care, a large outpatient department providing
65 specialty clinics, an Accident and Emergency
Department, five intensive care units, eight operating
theatres and a pharmacy.
boasts modern diagnostic facilities consisting of the
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and a
Department of Radiology support all therapeutic
services. By the end of 2004, HGH employed 1,566
doctors, while nurses reached 4,086 (male and female).
Emergency medical services
Accident and emergency services have
become now available nationwide, and average response
time to emergency calls doesn’t exceed 7 minutes after
35 new vehicles were put in service by 2002. The number
of paramedics was increased and equipment was
technologically advanced. Ambulances were also linked
with Hamad Hospital via satellites to improve the
services also benefited from a revolutionary technology
that allows ambulances to reach patients in a record
time, with the help of a new computer-assisted system
that will be used in 2006, just before the Doha Asian
Games start. The new system will significantly increase
the speed of defining the location of emergency calls.
The performance of ambulances will be enhanced thanks to
this system, which will connect them directly with the
information centre and the emergency management centre.
The Women's Hospital was inaugurated
in 1988. It has 332 beds, a Fertility Clinic and an
intensive care unit for premature newborns.
Hospital is following an integrated immunisation
programme according to which newborns and mothers are
vaccinated before leaving the Hospital after delivery.
women are examined using state-of-the-art equipment
operated by adequately experienced staff. Advanced
technology is used to treat cases of sterility in women
and men. The total number of patients treated by the
outpatient clinics during 2004 was 101,577.
Rumailah General Hospital
This 290-bed hospital was inaugurated in 1957 and
renovated in 1997. It has three operating theatres,
a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit and
intensive care units. Five additional operating
theatres for minor surgeries are under construction.
hospital provides geriatric medical care for men and
women, rehabilitation and physical therapy for victims
of accidents and curative services for disabled
It has a
specialised school for children with special needs, a
unit for the treatment of burns, a unit for the
treatment of tuberculosis and chest diseases and a unit
for plastic surgery, as well as dermatology and venereal
also a dental clinic with 45 rooms. There is a direct
computerised link between Rumailah General Hospital and
HGH. The total number of cases received by the
outpatient clinics during 2004 was 358,502.
Psychiatric Hospital comprises 59 beds and employs 14
Primary health care
health care centres have been established in various
parts of the country to achieve the best possible level
of continuous health care.
addition to having a full medical team consisting of a
number of general practitioners, specialists and nurses,
each centre has a laboratory and pharmacy.
end of 2004 the total number of health care centres in
the country was 92. Nevertheless, HMC is planning to
increase the number of primary health centres to cover
all areas of the country.
coordination with the complimentary services, such as
the ambulatory and emergency, HMC will create emergency
ambulance services on highways linking Doha to
Al-Shamal, Duhkan, Abu Samrah and Mesaieed.
Preventive health care
The Preventive Health Department is
responsible for combating contagious diseases, carrying
out vaccination, immunisation, food control, quarantine,
and providing health education in the field of maternity
and child care and insuring environmental health and
Immunisation against hepatitis B was carried out in the
context of the nationwide immunisation campaigns against
pre-school immunisation programme was adopted as a
regular practice. Efforts continue to eradicate tetanus,
polio, measles and diphtheria.
one of the first countries to have added anti-influenza
vaccine B to their newborn’s comprehensive immunisation
programmes. Central laboratories have been upgraded, and
eight highly sophisticated laboratory devices were added
to ensure accurate analytical and testing results.
Laboratories' monitoring role has been augmented and
medical control staff was given the authority to
investigate and seize foodstuffs and file law suits.
outcome of such efforts has been reflected in the
average of life expectancy which is around 73 years.
Infant mortality dropped to less than 21 per thousand.
Health Commission services
The Health Commission has for duty
the examination of all expatriates who enter the country
for visit or work purposes. It also issues medical
certificates for some categories in the society, i.e.
pre-marriage medical tests, candidates to public and
private jobs and university studies, applicants for
social housing programmes.
Al-Amal Hospital (for tumour treatment)
Al-Amal Hospital is an integral
hospital, the first of its kind to secure a first class
medical treatment for cancer patients in Qatar. It
comprises all necessary medical services including
radiotherapy, early diagnosis of cancer, therapy,
counselling, rehabilitation, awareness-raising for
patients and their families.
hospital provides high international standards and safe
medical care along with top-level standards of quality.
Its secure, comprehensive and high quality medical
services dispense cancer patients of seeking medical
treatment abroad and ensure the best possible results.
Hospital comprises 82 beds for women, children and men,
three radiotherapy devices, radiology, pharmacology and
nuclear examination services. The cost of the project
totalled RQ 45 million.
Al-Shamal hospital, the total cost of
which has amounted to RQ 85 million, was inaugurated in
May 2005. The hospital aims at providing quality and
integrated medical, health and diagnostic services that
cover all medical specialisations. The hospital
dedicates its services to the people of the northern
areas of Qatar. It has special wings for the in-patients
provided with 119 beds for the different medical
specialisations. 13 beds are allocated to the intensive
care units for adults and children. 4 other beds are
dedicated to the newly born infants.
hospital also has 8 state-of-the art wings for surgical
operations, ready to receive and deal with different
cases. The hospital is further supported by a 24-hour
sophisticated auxiliary service. There is, for example,
the X-ray department which boasts ultra-modern medical
equipment like those used in Computed Axial Tomography
(CAT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). There is
also the department of medical laboratories which
carries out various tests, such as blood and immunity
tests. The hospital also has a blood bank, an emergency
unit and a children emergency unit.
hospital envisages increasing the number of beds from
119 to 200 as part of a plan aimed to expand the
hospital’s capacity. The plan includes building lodgings
for nurses, clubs for the staff and a laundry as well as
other service facilities. The main departments of the
hospital had already started rendering their services to
patients three months ago. During which period the
number of those patients amounted to 4,000
Hamad Medical City
The complex comprises several
specialised hospitals, Support Services, nurses’ and
personnel accommodation, as well as leisure and
entertainment clubs. It is expected to be the first
complete medical institution of its kind in the Middle
East, given the equipment, space and services provided.
construction, which will cost about QR 2.2 billion, will
be upgraded as part of HMC. The 450,000 square metres
project, will include different specialised hospitals
with a total capacity of 1,100 beds. These comprise a
338-bed hospital for children, a 200-bed hospital for
emergency and bone diseases and a 230-bed hospital for
medical rehabilitation and kinesitherapy, in addition to
a dialysis unit, a 40-bed minor surgery unit and 288-bed
nursing house for the aged.
The Educational Specialised Hospital
The Educational Specialised Hospital,
an initiative of HH Sheikha Mouzah, wife of HH the Emir
of Qatar, was established to provide cutting-edge and
high-standard training techniques in the field of
medical and health care. It is part of the ambitious
project of Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and will
operate as an educational hospital for the Weill Medical
College of the Cornell University.
350-bed project will cost US$ 900 million, in addition
to an US$ 8 billion grant – the largest funding a
hospital and research centre in the world has obtained.
hospital will operate in 2010, and will be the first in
a series of new medical centres that will cover all
specialisations to meet the local needs of health care
The Private Health Sector
private hospitals playing a vital role, the private
health sector in the state of Qatar has developed
considerably. In 2004, the number of private medical
compounds and clinics reached 348. The first private
hospital in Qatar opened in 2000 and was soon followed
by several medical centres, which were set up thanks to
local contributions. They comprise a kinesitherapy
centre, Sheikh Aid bin Mohammad centre for blood rising
and the National Specialised Hospital which comprises
250 beds spread at a surface of 43,000 square metres.
Outpatient clinics started operating in 28 November 2004
in paediatrics, internal diseases and dental care, in
addition to laboratory, radiology and pharmacology.
Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA)
QDA is a
charitable organisation established in 1995 and had for
a goal the medical care of diabetes and their families
in order to ensure a normal and healthy life for them.
QDA aims to pioneer a leading role in improving the
standards of diabetes prevention and care. By
coordinating efforts to improve the environment for
diabetes patients and their families, QDA will be at the
vanguard of prevention and care of diabetics and be a
model of excellence, through organising training
programmes and workshops, dissemination of information
about the disease, research initiatives and encouraging
voluntary work in the association’s activities.
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