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.
Onaiza is a district in the north-east of the municipality of Doha which spans two zones of Qatar (zones 63 and 65). It is located between Al Dafna, Qatar's emerging central business district, and Lusail, a development north of Doha which is set to become the second largest city of Qatar in the near future. The district was mostly developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a result of its proximity to Doha's new business district and its relative distance from the more congested centre of the city. The area is known as Doha's new "foreign embassy district" and there are over 15 embassies located in the district.
The district has very good road links. Along the east and north edges of the district run Omar Al Mukhtar Street on which two Metro stations, West Bay QIC and DECC both on the Red Line are located. Al Jamia Street also known as "University Street" runs along the west edge and leads to Qatar University, Al Markhiya Street runs along the south edge of the district and Al Istiqbal Street which cuts right through Onaiza later on becomes the Lusail expressway as it crosses Omar Al Mukhtar Street on the north edge of Onaiza. The homes to rent in Onaiza are mainly apartments although there are also many large standalone luxurious villas available too.