Apartments are self-contained residential units occupying part of a larger building. They are usually set out on a single storey of a building and it is for this reason that in some regions (UK, India etc.) they are referred to as "flats". The term apartment is one that is used extensively in Europe, North America and places that use American English. The term "flat" is used in the UK, India and places that use British English. Apartments or flats have their own front door, kitchen, toilet and bathroom. In some countries a 1-bedroom apartment may be advertised as a 1bhk or 1bhk flat. The term "bhk" or "BHK" refers to bedroom, hall and kitchen. This means that the unit would have 1 bedroom, a hall (lounge/sitting room) and kitchen.
A compound apartment can be defined as an apartment that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Renting an apartment in a compound offers many benefits such as security, maintenance, swimming pool, gym, clubhouse with various facilities, children"s play area and other sporting facilities to name a few. Compounds vary in size, some are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. Not all compounds offer apartments for rent as some only have villas. There is a wide variety of compounds in Qatar that suit most budgets and have all kinds of amenities. It is worth asking the agent about any adverts you have seen and checking the amenities with them if you are looking for anything in particular, as sometimes agents do not list all the available amenities in a compound.
Al Kheesa is a district in the Al Daayen municipality of Qatar. The word "Kheesa" is the Arabic for "large garden" and was given this name due to the abundant green gardens and cedar trees in the area. As part of the Qatar National Master Plan (QNMP) report in 2014 which discussed the development plans for the municipality of Al Daayen, it was stated that Al Kheesa would benefit from the facilities offered by Rawdat al Hamama as one of the two municipality "District Centres" due to their proximity. Al Kheesa was thus divided into 4,135 plots of land which in total were estimated will house a total of 26,000 residents. This development is in line with plans to make Al Kheesa the southern hub of the municipality due to it closeness to Doha. The intention was that the overspill of population and housing demand from the northern part of Doha would be absorbed by this southern region of Al Daayen and that Al Kheesa would naturally see a rapid rise in residents.
The location of Al Kheesa next to the Al Shamal Road (Q1) makes it an ideal location for families to rent homes in, especially as there are already several renowned international schools in the area and from September 2020, ACS International School in Doha will begin receiving students at their brand-new state-of-the-art campus. Many expatriate families will no doubt be looking to find suitable homes to rent in the area. In addition to the schools in the area, the biggest mall in Qatar the Doha Festival City Mall (DFC) is nearby as well as the O2 Mall. There have already been many new residential compounds constructed in al Kheesa offering villas and apartments for families to rent.