• The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) begins preparatory stages of the DI as a result of the urgent need to prepare a new generation of enlightened young Arab scholars, critical thinkers, and future leaders; the idea is supported by the then HRH Crown Prince and current Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

    • ACRPS establishes dedicated project team for the DI.

    • Concept design of DI Campus commences.

    • Consultative forum convened in Doha with the attendance of a select group of Arab scholars from the region and beyond; Strategic Planning Committee, Administrative Committee, and Academic Planning Committee are founded.


    • The Committees decide on the guiding principles of the curricular design, the need to support students from across the Arab region regardless of financial status, and the importance of Arabic as the main language of study and research.

    • Project team develops comprehensive organizational structure, bylaws, systems covering academic and administrative functions including  policies and procedures.

    • Academic experts discuss recommendations for curricula; basic program structure and curricular model template are designed. 


  • Experts are used to further develop academic and administrative systems, policies, and procedures.

  • Detailed curricula are developed based on the program structures and curricular models; concept of school core compulsory courses is integrated in curricula.

  • IT strategy is developed.

  • Interim Board of Trustees holds first meeting and reviews and approves DI main bylaws and systems.

  • DI Campus design is completed.

  • Faculty recruitment campaign is initiated.


  • Construction of DI Campus commences.

  • Interim Board of Trustees approves organization chart and operational model.

  • Administrative recruitment commences; key management and operational personnel are recruited.

  • First faculty members including academic leadership join the DI in Doha.

  • IT team is operational and system implementation commences.

  • Student recruitment begins; applications for the inaugural 2015-2016 academic year open.

  • Preoperational phase is completed and major administrative and academic structures are in place.


  • Operational phase commences.

  • Faculty recruitment is complete.

  • Applications for the inaugural 2015-2016 academic year close.

  • DI is granted a license to operate as an institute of higher education by the Supreme Education Council in Qatar.

  • Admissions decisions announced; 903 applications are received of which 148 are accepted.

  • The first official DI Board of Trustees is established and approves all bylaws, policies, and procedures.

  • DI gains Approved Research Office status with the Qatar National Research Fund.

  • The DI welcomes its first cohort of students and classes begin.​