A villa is a property/house that is either detached or attached to one or more other villas and commonly set out over two or three floors. A compound villa is defined as a villa that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of villas to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Renting a villa or 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. Some compounds are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. There are compounds which are private and belong to companies offering their employees housing as part of their contract. Most international schools have residential compounds located near them and it is very easy to find good accommodation nearby for the convenience of families. 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 Thakhira is a town and district on the coast of the Al Khor municipality about 7 kilometres northeast of Al Khor City. It was founded by the Al Muhannadi tribe and its people historically relied on pearling and fishing for sustenance. "Al Thakhira" is the Arabic term for "ammunition". There are two theories behind how the town was named. The first is that the town earned this name because the inhabitants used to keep large reserves of food, money and weapons. The second is that the town was named by a group of sailors who had lost their way and after docking at Al Thakhira, they set out with their weapons and ammunition to look for food.
The area is home to Al Thakhira nature and marine reserve, a large area of vegetation attracting varied bird life, including flamingos and herons, covering approximately 1,400 hectares. This is where the popular mangroves of Qatar can be visited, including Purple Island, the small mangrove-covered island of Umm Far, parts of the coastline, and multiple wadis and salt flats. Al Thakhira Beach, one of the best-preserved in Qatar, is also a major tourist attraction, stretching for 10 kilometres: a popular spot for kayaking and fishing. Sea turtles are known to regularly nest on this beach during late spring and early summer. In 2019, the Sharq Garden: a new park was opened to the public with large areas of greenery and a walkway that runs through the park. There are two local schools in the district and there is a small selection of compound and standalone villas to rent in Al Thakira which are suited for families looking for cheaper rental homes than those found closer to the capital.