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.
Ain Khaled is a district in the Al Rayyan municipality formerly known as "Ain al Seneem" and is situated on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar's capital. The area is historically known for its well "Al Seneem" which served the people of Doha and the neighbouring villages. The word "Ain" is Arabic and is used for natural underground water sources. The district's name was later changed to "Ain Khaled" in respect of a well honoured local who went by the name "Khaled". In 2019 the municipality in conjunction with the Public Parks Department undertook a joint project to redesign the Ain Khaled roundabout in a creative manner. The large roundabout with an area of 1200 square meters was designed to have 600 square meters of artificial grass laid and the remaining 600 square meters decorated in a traditional style with Washingtonia palm trees and pebbles in the Qatari national colours of burgundy and white. In the centre of the roundabout stands a well, representing the "Ain al Seneem well" which is powered by solar panels as are the lights that illuminate the roundabout at night.
The district is home to the Fereej Ain Khaled Stadium managed by the Qatar Olympic Committee. Ain Khaled is a great place for families or couples looking to find accommodation for rent in Qatar outside of the more costly capital Doha. The majority of apartments and villas for rent in the area are located in compounds and gated complexes offering maintenance, security and safe play areas for children with facilities like swimming pools, gyms, sporting facilities and even restaurants – making them ideal for those looking for family or budget friendly rental homes in Qatar.