The DI Campus design reflects the mission and academic ethos which have guided the development of the academic and administrative components of the DI. The campus is the stage for research, teaching, and learning, while also providing a distinctive space which draws upon the rich history of art and architecture in the Arab region. Campus buildings are integrated through pedestrian walkways, bridges or other connectors, and several outdoor courtyards, gardens and spaces are specifically designed to stimulate faculty-student interaction, discussion, and debate.

Spanning an area of 100,000 square meters, the campus houses the administrative, academic, and social functions of the DI and also includes on-site student and faculty accommodation. The academic and administrative spaces include the 3 graduate Schools, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, the Doha Historical Dictionary of Arabic, an extensive library, and administration and faculty offices. ​