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 Al Rayyan also known as "Al Rayyan Al Qadeem" is a district in the municipality of Al Rayyan and part of Al Rayyan City, the largest city after Doha. The district's name is derived from the Arabic word "ray" which means irrigation due to its low elevation allowing it to act as a flood plain during the rainy season and provide a prolonged supply of water to the numerous wild plants and crops that grew in the area.
The has good road links with the Al Rayyan Road (Q3) running along the north edge of the district, Al Furousiya Street which runs along the east edge of the district separating it from Baaya and the Asprire Zone and Al Waab Street which runs along the south edge. The area is served by eleven buses that run every day of the week. There are over 15 local and international schools in the district for all ages. There is a good supply of apartments and villas to rent in New Al Rayyan to suit all budgets.