Al Khulaifat is a very small district in the municipality of Doha with a few residential compounds. The district holds historical value as one of Qatar's first and most important hotels was constructed here in 1965 known as the Oasis Hotel. The location for the hotel was chosen based upon the area's proximity to the old Doha International Airport (DIA). This hotel was instrumental in facilitating Qatar's earliest foreign relations as many international diplomats and members of government were hosted there during their visits to Qatar. In 1971 when Qatar gained independence, the hotel was one of only two in the country. The hotel closed down in the early 2000's. The Qatar Aeronautical College, Doha Sailing Club, Doha Sports Centre and Qatar Table Tennis Club are all located in this district.