Al Bidda

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Al Bidda
البدع
District
Al Bidda is located in Qatar
Al Bidda
Al Bidda
Al Bidda
Coordinates: 25°17′59″N 51°31′11″E / 25.29972°N 51.51972°E / 25.29972; 51.51972Coordinates: 25°17′59″N 51°31′11″E / 25.29972°N 51.51972°E / 25.29972; 51.51972
Country Qatar
Municipality Doha
Area
 • Total 0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 1,379[1]

Al Bidda is a neighborhood of Doha, Qatar.[1]

History[edit]

Al Bidda was the largest city in the country prior to the rapid growth of Zubarah in the late eighteenth century. Doha, the present-day capital, developed from Al Bidda.[2] David Seaton, a British political resident in Muscat, detailed one of the earliest accounts of Al Bidda:

Account by David Seaton: —

Bedih (sic) is Situated in 25.18 N. Lat. and is a large open bay full of Coral banks with very unequal soundings from twelve to three fathoms, the land is low and sandy, hardly to be seen at the distance of ten Miles, on a nearer approach, it seems gradually rising from both extremes towards the centre, where it forms a ridge at the distance of half a Mile from the Shore, under this ridge near the sea, are two hillocks and a Valley between them, off each of the hillocks runs a Shoal with half a fathom at high water and between them a Channel with one and a half fathoms, and at the distance of a Mile and a half three fathoms, on the Northern hillock is a fortified House with a Wall and Square tower, in the Valley a breast Work with two Guns, and on the southern hillock two large huts with some kind of defence, and half a Mile to the Southward near the ridge is another Square building with a flag staff, under the Northern hillock is a sandy beach on which two Buglas, one Dow & one Botella were drawn up with a breast work of Stones, the only direct landing place is in the mouth of the Valley, but it would be attended with great loss without ships to drive the Enemy away as it is flanked by the breast work and boats, in which were a number of Men and ten Guns, and fronted by the two Guns in the Valley, about two Miles to the South is a Sandy beach without cover for the Enemy's snipers, but the Square building with the flagstaff must be stormed before the hillocks can be got at.[3]
An 1849 map of Bahrain and present-day Qatar which depicts Al Bidda.

In 1847, Al Bidda was demolished by the sheikh of Bahrain and its inhabitants were removed to Bahrain.[4] The sheikh also placed economic blockade over the town in 1852.[5] In 1867, a large number of ships and troops were sent from Bahrain to punish the people of Al Wakrah and Al Bidda. Abu Dhabi joined on Bahrain's behalf due to the conception that Al Wakrah served as a refuge for fugitives from Oman. Later that year, the combined forces sacked the two aforementioned Qatari cities with 2,000 men in what would come to be known as the Qatari–Bahraini War.[6][7] A British record later stated "that the towns of Doha and Wakrah were, at the end of 1867 temporarily blotted out of existence, the houses being dismantled and the inhabitants deported".

Around 1871, the town became a base of operations for Bedouins resisting Ottoman rule after they established a foothold in Eastern Arabia that year.[8] By December 1871, emir Jassim bin Mohammed authorized the Ottomans to send 100 troops and equipment to Al Bidda in December 1871.[9] Al Bidda fort served as the final stronghold for Ottoman troops in the 1893 Battle of Al Wajbah. They surrendered after Jassim bin Mohammed's troops cut off the town's water supply and besieged the fortress.[10]

Development[edit]

Al Bidda tower, a 215-metre tall building, is currently being constructed in the district. It is planned to accommodate 43-storeys and will have an aggregate net rentable area of 41,500 m². The curtain wall features a whirlwind design. Facilities will include commercial space, business centers, art galleries, restaurants, and a health club.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Qatar population statistics". Geohive. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Toth, Anthony. "Qatar: Historical Background." A Country Study: Qatar (Helen Chapin Metz, editor). Library of Congress Federal Research Division (January 1993). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Carter, Robert. "Origins of Doha Season 1 Archive Report". academia.edu. p. 11. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Rahman, Habibur (2006). The Emergence Of Qatar. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 978-0710312136. 
  5. ^ Habibur Rahman, pgs. 113–114
  6. ^ "‘A collection of treaties, engagements and sanads relating to India and neighbouring countries [...] Vol XI containing the treaties, & c., relating to Aden and the south western coast of Arabia, the Arab principalities in the Persian Gulf, Muscat (Oman), Baluchistan and the North-West Frontier Province’ [113v] (235/822)". Qatar Digital Library. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [8r] (15/322)". Qatar Digital Library. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Habibur Rahman, pgs. 138–139
  9. ^ Habibur Rahman, pg. 140
  10. ^ Habibur Rahman, p. 152
  11. ^ "Al Bidda tower - Doha, Qatar". Bam International. Retrieved 13 March 2015.