About Qatar Academy

About Qatar Academy

Welcome to Qatar Academy Doha,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our website where you are able to find out about our school whose vision is to empower our students to achieve high levels of academic growth and personal wellbeing and to be responsible citizens who are locally rooted and globally connected. We want our students to achieve their maximum academic capacity, whilst developing their wellbeing, so that they will flourish. We want them to be deeply connected to their local community, while having the confidence to seek the boundless horizons of the rest of the world.

Qatar Academy Doha was the first school to be founded by Qatar Foundation in 1996 and this year we are celebrating our first quarter century. In that time the school has developed an impressive reputation for academic excellence, for enabling all students to fulfil their talents and for the sense of serving the community which underpins the philosophy and mission of the school. 

We provide the same quality of education for children of all ages, starting with our youngest students in the Early Education Center which uses the Creative Curriculum, a play-based approach where children are active participants and co-constructors in their learning. This blends seamlessly into the three programs of the International Baccalaureate – the Primary Years, the Middle Years and the Diploma Programs. These strong educational programs are united through the Learner Profile and by the fact that they encourage the students to take the lead in their learning and to think for themselves. 

Our curricula are enriched by strong Arabic and Islamic Studies teaching. Our Arabic speaking students are able to deepen their understanding of the heritage of the country through the study of Qatar History. The blend of English and Arabic studies ensures that our students are fully prepared for immersion in their communities, while being confident to study and work overseas.  

Our experienced international and local faculty provide wonderful encouragement and support to our students, enabling them to enrich their knowledge and understanding. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities broaden the learning experience of so many students as they represent the school in sport, academic games, international competitions, the model United Nations etc. We are proud of the way our students have represented our school and the country. 

This is a dynamic place and only a portion of what we have to offer can be conveyed through the pages of the website. Above all, from reading the website one cannot get the sense of optimism and support which are the hallmarks of our community and which bind us together. We welcome you to visit the school to experience this for yourself.

Stephen Meek





Empowering students to achieve high levels of academic growth and personal wellbeing and to be responsible citizens who are locally rooted and globally connected.



At Qatar Academy Doha we offer a rigorous academic program with strong Arabic and Islamic Studies. Our school community develops and challenges learners to be active, internationally minded citizens who demonstrate environmental consciousness.



At Qatar Academy Doha we are SAFE, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE learners.

Strategic Plan 

Executive Summary of Strategic Plan 2020-2025


Qatar Academy is part of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Qatar Foundation is governed by the Executive Board of Directors, which serve as the governing authority that appoints the Board of Advisers for Qatar Academy.

The Board and the school's senior administrators meet monthly throughout the school year to deal with major management issues and to affirm its commitment to provide the highest possible standard of education to its students.

Board of Advisers

HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani

HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani has been President of the Qatar Olympic Committee since 2015. An experienced sports administrator, he has held positions as President of the Organising Committees of the Qatar 2015 Men’s Handball World Championships and the 2012 Asian Handball Championships, as well as Vice-President of Al Sadd Sport Club (2009- 2012), the most successful multi-sport club in Qatar.

Sheikh Joaan is also President of the Organising Committees of three upcoming major sports events in Qatar: the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics, 2019 IAAF Athletics and 2023 FINA World Championships.

Sheikh Joaan has been Chairman of Al Shaqab Racing since 2011, and his horses have won titles at Royal Ascot, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Newmarket, Goodwood and the Qatar Arabian World Cup.

He graduated from the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in 2007.

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin J. Al-Thani
Director of Public Health Department - Ministry of Public Health – Qatar
Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research - Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar


  • Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani is graduated from the Faculty of Medicine – Cairo University in 1998
  • He completed his fellowship in Arab Board Program in Community Medicine in 2006
  • He gained the Fellowship from the Faculty of Public Health in London in 2010
  • He obtained a Master in Business Administration in 2014 from HEC Paris - France (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) which is a European Business School

Dr. Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani is Director of Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health since 2008. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and Qatar University. He developed programs to protect the health of individuals, families and community in Qatar. He placed a high priority in developing the first Public Health Strategy 2017-2022 in Qatar. He is continually conducting clinical research studies in the most ethical and safest manner possible to develop an integrated approach to health prevention and promotion. He has more than 30 scientific publications in Diabetes, Environmental health, Road safety, Communicable diseases, obesity… 

Dr. Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani has headed number of national committees including the National Preventive Health Committee, which aims to address the many facets of transitioning from a curative to a preventive health focus and to ensure a robust preventive health governance system is in place.

He is the Chair of the Public Health Implementation Committee, and Member in the National Public Health Committee



Dr. Noora Hamad Fetais
Director - KINDI Center for Computing Research, Qatar University

Dr. Noora Fetais is the Director of KINDI Center for Computing Research at Qatar University (QU). She is also an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Qatar University. Dr. Noora holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Sussex (UK) and MSc with distinction in Object-Oriented Software Technology from the University of Brighton (UK). She is a member of the first batch of Qatar Leadership Center (Current and Future Leaders Program 2011-2013), and is currently holding various professional positions including; Vice Chair of IEEE-Qatar Section, Qatar Ambassador of Women in Data Science (WiDS) at Stanford University, among others. Dr. Noora was  the first Women to chair the Faculty Senate of Qatar University.

Dr. Noora Fetais has participated in a number of regional and international conferences and has published a number of research papers, also has lead over seven research teams funded in the field of her specialization. She was awarded the British scholarship (Chevening) and she is a member of different international professional associations such as ACM, IEEE, ASEE, and others. Dr. Noora also participated in organizing and chairing a number of sessions at different conferences and workshops at the state level and participated in judging awards to some of these conferences and competitions at different levels.


Saleh is the Vice President and Director for Government and Public Affairs at ExxonMobil Qatar ltd. He received B.S. in Political Science from Portland State University in 1981, and began his career with the former Ministry of Finance and Petroleum in 1982 as an economic researcher. Saleh took part in a three month course at the OPEC headquarters in 1983 and represented Qatar at OPEC meetings with the Qatari delegation during 1983-1986. In 1986, Saleh joined Amoco Qatar Production Company as Public Affairs Specialist responsible for community programs and facilitating senior management meetings, a role he assumed until 1992.

In 1993, Saleh joined Mobil Oil Qatar as Public Affairs Manager. In 2000, he became Director of Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Qatar, and in 2009 he became Vice President and Director of Government and Public Affairs, ExxonMobil Qatar. Saleh is also Vice president of ExxonMobil Research Qatar, which is a research center located at the Qatar Science and Technology Park.

Saleh has attended various leadership and management programs including:

  • Crisis communications
  • Media interview
  • Speakers Coalition program
  • Integrated Influencing Skills
  • Enterprise Leadership program
  • General Leadership program
  • Advanced Leadership program 

Saleh’s current and main responsibilities include reputation management and enhancement of ExxonMobil’s image in the local community.


Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam
Acting Director of the CEO Office of Qatar Investment Authority.

Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam is currently appointed as the Acting Director of the CEO Office of Qatar Investment Authority.

He has also previously held various positions in QIA namely:

  • Deputy Director of Business Development Department
  • Portfolio Manager in the General Portfolio Department
  • Associate Director responsible for existing investment and reviewing investment opportunities Investment Analyst in the Office of the CEO
  • Risk Analyst in the Risk Department responsible for the performance reporting 

Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam has an extensive experience in many projects in other companies prior to joining in QIA, to wit:

  • Project Engineer in Dolphin Energy- Project Department (Qatar)
  • Project Engineer with Dolphin Energy project team (Japan)
  • Project Engineer in Technical Services Division (EDT) of Onshore Engineering Department in Qatar Petroleum (Qatar) 

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Engr. Mohammed Yaser Al-Mosallam is also a graduate of Executive MBA in HEC Paris Qatar.

He achieved HBS Alumni Status by completing Harvard leadership program and an HEC Alumni.



Mrs. Buthaina Al Nuaimi 
President of Pre-University Education

Ms. Buthaina Al Nuaimi joined Qatar Foundation in 2006 and held several positions at its Education Division and was a founding member of eight schools under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation.

Ms. Al Nuaimi holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Paris in Qatar, a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Education in English from Qatar University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London. 

Mr. Stuart Leeming 
Executive Director of Schools, Pre-University Education


Mr. Stuart Leeming is the Executive Director for Qatar Foundation Schools.

Stuart has led two multi-academy trusts in the UK as CEO as well as holding senior leadership positions in the UK private sector. He is a member of the Advisory Council of New Schools Network and the Alumni Board of the British Council, and has extensive school governance experience.

A chemist by training, Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.  He has taught chemistry (A-Level and IB) and physics, and has developed integrated science curricula (STEM).  He has led the development of novel curricula too; a bespoke curriculum for a newly established, alternative model Junior School and the adaptation of the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) to the English National Curriculum. With a strong background in the education of gifted students, Stuart nevertheless has a particular interest in Special Education Needs & Disabilities, and specific learning differences.  He has overseen the development of academic tracking methodology and its use in improving student performance, and is a passionate advocate for student care and welfare.

Stuart is married to Fiona, a Classicist, teacher and author, and they have one daughter.


The use of technology is an important part of the curriculum and everyday life for students and teachers at Qatar Academy. It can look very different from one class to the next, but it is always used to compliment student education and teacher instruction. QAD’s E-Learning vision serves to support the mission and vision of Qatar Academy, and provides students with an opportunity to become critical and independent thinkers as they develop problem solving and organizational skills. 

The school has developed a 21st-century learning program that embeds technology throughout the curriculum and has been designed to complement essential elements of the International Baccalaureate Programme. To that end, the school has established class sets of iPads for pre-school to grade 1 and a one-to-one laptop program for grades 2 to 10. All students have access to digital portfolios as a forum to present work and reflect on their learning journeys. Additionally, students use individually assigned classroom laptops, along with Google apps, to assist their learning through research, collaboration, sharing, and presenting.

School-wide technology is supported by a wireless network that allows students to access files, emails and classroom work at any time. Qatar Academy’s IT department and E-Learning facilitators oversee state-of-the-art computer labs, mobile learning equipment, audio and video recording equipment, and an online learning management system, making QAD one of the most technologically advanced schools in the region.

Qatar Academy Doha  Annual Report is now available online.  As the school's 25th academic year comes to a close, the Annual Report highlights QAD academic achievements, sports, student life, graduation and university acceptances. The magazine is a celebration of QAD success this year.

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