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.
Al Luqta is a district of the Al Rayyan municipality in Qatar. The areas name originated from the Arabic word "luqeet", which means an "abandoned infant". It was named so because the district was located in an isolated and largely unknown area. However, the district of Al Luqta today is certainly different and has been revived with huge national projects. It is home to a massive flagship initiative of the Qatar Foundation: "Education City" - with an area spanning an impressive 12 square kilometres employing 4,000 people in over 50 separate entities with scholastic, educational, research and community focus. The area is home to the Qatar National Library (QNL) which holds over 1 million books and is open for the public. The library benefits from a special transport service that serves the library users from various locations throughout Qatar. The construction of the stunning Education City Stadium which will be used to host some of the World Cup 2022 matches was completed in June 2020 and has a seating capacity of 40,000.
There are also three very active National Research Institutes which to date have invested a total of over $1.4 billion in over 2,300 different projects resulting in over 330 inventions, 15 patents and 20 start-ups. There are 13 schools situated in Al Luqta. In addition, there are 8 university campuses of some of the world's leading educational establishments, where a diverse variety of over 60 different degree programs in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences, Law, Media, Business, Technology, are offered to their student population. Over 8000 students with an additional 4000 alumni from over 100 nationalities have used the world-class facilities. It is a truly magnificent array of campuses offering the best facilities any student could wish for that has to be seen to be appreciated. The area has a good selection of homes to rent, apartments and villas can be found in compounds with good facilities as well as more spacious standalone villas for larger families.