Properties advertised as fully furnished come with most or even all the furnishings that one would typically require in their home. This includes all the large kitchen appliances like cooker, fridge-freezer, oven, microwave etc. Some properties even provide smaller kitchen appliances like a kettle and toaster etc. The bedrooms would have wardrobes, beds with mattresses, dressing tables etc. and the living areas would have furniture like sofas, dining table and chairs, television, etc. In some cases, fully-furnished homes are also dressed with wall hangings, frames, mirrors etc, so that the home is ready to move into with little else being required to start living in straight away. This is a great convenience for many, especially those who are staying for a limited time or their tenure here in Qatar has not yet been fixed and their long-term situation is unknown.
The monthly rental on fully furnished properties as would be expected is more than other options where some or no furnishings are included and once the cost of furniture is factored in, one could end up saving overall as there are no extra costs to include. Of course, there are many things one must take into account like the duration of the tenancy, the condition of the furniture and the difference in the monthly/annual rental price.
Sometimes properties are advertised as fully furnished but if one really likes the property and has their own furniture etc., it is possible to try and negotiate a reduction in the monthly rental with the landlord or real estate company. The greatest convenience is that with a fully furnished property, once the rental duration comes to an end, there is no furniture to worry about when moving out and it is a lot easier to relocate.
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.
Although not a district in itself, the Diplomatic Area of Doha is actually part of the district of Al Dafna. Al Dafna itself is made up 2 zones of Qatar zones 60 and 61. It is zone 61 that has been labelled as Doha's Diplomatic Area, even though it does not house all the Foreign Embassies and Consular buildings as the name would suggest. The land occupied by Diplomatic Area in geographical terms is actually a "peninsula" spanning an area of approximately 2.5 square kilometres and it is surrounded for the most part by the Persian Gulf (sometimes referred to as "Arabian Gulf"). Perhaps the reason why the area is known as Diplomatic Area is due to the main road which curves around the peninsula along the coast known as Diplomatic Street covering a distance of almost 3 kilometres. Other main roads serving the area are Al Corniche Street, Omar Al Mukhtar Street, Funduq Street and Conference Centre Street.
There are many buildings of significance found in Diplomatic Area including the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC), the Embassies of France, Jordan, Korea, Sudan, Italy, Kuwait, Pakistan, Iran & Netherlands. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Municipality & Environment (MME), Transport and Communications, Municipality & Urban Planning (MMUP), Labour, Energy and Industry, Energy, Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs (ADLSA) and Justice. The Head Offices of Kahramaa, Woqod, Asghal, Oreedoo, Qtel, QChem, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar News Agency and some others also are found there too. There are good public transport links in the area, several buses serve the area daily as well as DECC Metro station on the Red Line. Many of the best hotels of Doha are situated in Diplomatic Area including the iconic Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Centre set in its own park grounds, Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Movenpick West Bay, Hilton Doha, Marriott Marquis City Centre amongst many others and there is also the City Centre Mall with its array of selected retailers in addition to the various supermarkets, restaurants and banks found in the area.