Flats 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 "flat" is used in the UK, India and places that use British English. In Europe, North America and places that use American English, the word apartment is preferred. 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. Flats can be found in residential blocks or towers and sometimes even as a part of a house or villa where a whole floor or a section of it, has been separated to have its own entrance etc.
Old Al Hitmi also known as "Al-Hitmi Al-Ateeq" is a district in the municipality of Doha. Together with Al Rufaa, they both make up zone 17 of Qatar. The name is derived from Al-Hitmi family, who settled in the area in the 1930s. The area is quite historic with most of the residential units dating back to the early-to-mid 20th century. As a result of many years of neglect, most of the older buildings fell into state of disrepair. In the 1970s and 1980s after Qatar began profiting from oil extraction, many modern high-rise buildings were constructed but as the district had not been planned (with current guidelines) the roads are cluttered and there is a shortage of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and parking spaces.
The area is served by 2 bus routes and the National Museum Metro station on the Gold Line. Major roads for area are: Ras Abu Aboud Street and the B-ring-Road. There are no schools in the district and rental accommodation in Old Al Ghanim is limited to a small number of moderately priced apartments.