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 Luqta is a district of the Al Rayyan municipality in Qatar. The areas name originated from the Arabic word "luqeet", which means an "abandoned infant". It was named so because the district was located in an isolated and largely unknown area. However, the district of Al Luqta today is certainly different and has been revived with huge national projects. It is home to a massive flagship initiative of the Qatar Foundation: "Education City" - with an area spanning an impressive 12 square kilometres employing 4,000 people in over 50 separate entities with scholastic, educational, research and community focus. The area is home to the Qatar National Library (QNL) which holds over 1 million books and is open for the public. The library benefits from a special transport service that serves the library users from various locations throughout Qatar. The construction of the stunning Education City Stadium which will be used to host some of the World Cup 2022 matches was completed in June 2020 and has a seating capacity of 40,000.
There are also three very active National Research Institutes which to date have invested a total of over $1.4 billion in over 2,300 different projects resulting in over 330 inventions, 15 patents and 20 start-ups. There are 13 schools situated in Al Luqta. In addition, there are 8 university campuses of some of the world's leading educational establishments, where a diverse variety of over 60 different degree programs in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences, Law, Media, Business, Technology, are offered to their student population. Over 8000 students with an additional 4000 alumni from over 100 nationalities have used the world-class facilities. It is a truly magnificent array of campuses offering the best facilities any student could wish for that has to be seen to be appreciated. The area has a good selection of homes to rent, apartments and villas can be found in compounds with good facilities as well as more spacious standalone villas for larger families.