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.
A house is a property that is usually set out over two or more floors. In Qatar, houses are usually referred to as villas, although it is possible to also find townhouses too. There are two kinds of villas: either standalone villas or compound villas. A standalone villa is defined as a house that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land as a detached and separate entity. A compound villa is defined as a house that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of houses to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Both have their benefits and drawbacks for example, standalone villas offer more privacy for their occupants and compound villas usually benefit from many more amenities, security and maintenance.
A townhouse is a type of terraced housing often referred to as "row houses" as they are constructed in rows and stand side by side with shared walls usually to both sides. Most townhouses typically have more than 2 floors and commonly three in most regions. There is a wide variety of houses available in Qatar with varying amenities and suitable for most budgets.
Lusail is a district in the Al Daayen municipality. The city is truly futuristic and unique in that it is the first and largest sustainable city development in Qatar. This development also known as Lusail City, is comprised of four exclusive islands and 19 districts which are used for residential, entertainment and commercial purposes, with all sorts of amenities to fulfil the needs of the local community.
The city's transport plans are ambitious, but conscious of global environmental concerns of the age. The city will have light rail network: Lusail Tram Network (designed to reduce vehicular emissions and save energy), a water taxi transportation system (which transports passengers to and from Lusail City through the Lusail marina and the main Grand Canal), cycle and pedestrian network, park and ride system (underground parking close to rail networks to encourage use of the rail network), and a shuttle bus system to connect all residential, commercial and retail areas to the public transportation system. Much of the work has already been completed.
The district is in fact designed as a "Smart City". Homes and offices will be fully automated, with a Building Management System for each building. State of the art security services will be available and the city will all be connected to smart metering, smart grid and interactive traffic management systems.
In order to create a greater sense of neighbourhood and community for residents, the city has been planned such that all facilities (i.e., schools, mosques, daily shopping and other basic commodities) can be found within walking distance in each locality. Neighbourhood gardens have also been designed for each locality. Medium and large shopping malls are located in central locations in the city to make access easier. The brand new and iconic Lusail Stadium with a capacity of over 80,000 will be the host for the opening and final matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.