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.
Old Airport also known as "Al Matar Al Qadeem" is a district in the municipality of Doha. The district is located close to the site of Doha's old international airport which was in service as the main airport of Qatar before the construction of Hamad International Airport. Situated between the D-Ring Road on its north edge and the E-Ring Road on its south edge the district has very good road links. Al Matar Street (known in English as Old Airport Street) runs down the east edge of the district where 2 Metro stations are within easy reach. The Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro station and the Oqba Al Nafie Metro station are both on the Red Line. Najma Street runs along the west edge of the district.
There are many businesses and retailers which serve the residents of Old Airport situated on Al Matar Street. The first ever mall of Qatar which opened in 1997, known simply as "The Mall", is also located within the district next to the busy Najma roundabout. There are over 15 local and international schools that serve the area for all ages. There is a wide variety of homes available to rent in Old Airport ranging from apartments and villas with and without furniture suitable for all kinds of renters.