A history that began in 1980 and evolved into a leading British-style education in Qatar and the world.
We invite you to take a stroll down memory lane, and share these treasured memories with thousands of students and staff who walked down the corridors of Doha College through the many years. The carousel at the end of this page will take you from our opening day in a villa, back in 1980, on a journey that includes three new campuses, royal visits, the dawn of the internet age, inaugurations of lasting community events, all of which converged to make Doha College who we are today.
The Al Waab campus is probably the setting that most people think of when reminiscing about Doha College. It was a comfortable home for our school from 1988 to 2020, over three decades that left an unforgettable mark in the hearts of students and staff. Purpose-built in an area not fully developed back then, it continued to grow, adding in time a gym, a swimming pool, the Art block, the 6th Form “new build,” areas for the music and sports academies that later joined the DC family.
A bright and modern learning space, the West Bay campus was the first educational experience for the younger DC generation, born well after the turn of the millennium. A school for residents of Al Dafna, The Pearl and other wondrous places that rose to shape the Doha skyline in more recent times, West Bay brought with it a learning garden, an outdoor learning space with an exquisite view, and a new vibe of intellectual effervescence which our community enjoyed from 2013 to 2020.
But Doha College’s story continued unabated, and its community eventually outgrew even these much-loved campuses. Saying goodbye to Al Waab and West Bay coincided with Doha College’s 40th anniversary, and momentous events had been planned to mark this milestone in our journey. The Covid 19 pandemic, however, put a stop to those plans, and instead of having hundreds of students mark the departure from the two campuses, the task fell on a solitary Dr Sommer. This poignant video of the Principal’s lone figure closing the doors, literally and figuratively, on the Al Waab and West Bay chapters, struck a chord with thousands of students, alumni and their families from across the world. Luckily, the truly epic Al Wajba campus that opened in September 2020 more than made up for everything!