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.
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.