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 Sadd is a large district in the municipality of Doha. The origin for the district's name comes from a plant which thrives in Qatar's eastern section, particularly on the coast. It is one of the country's oldest surviving mixed-use districts which in recent years has been through massive development. The south of the district has a concentration of many businesses and retail units including the Al Asmakh Mall, also known as the Centrepoint Mall.
The Al-Sadd multi-sports centre is based in the district and where some of the 2006 Asian Games events took place. It is home to Qatar's most successful football club, the Al-Sadd Football Club and it is also the "de facto" home of Qatar's National Football Team. Major roads that run through the district are Al Sadd Street, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Amir Street and Al Rayyan Road (Q3). Al Sadd is served by one bus line which operates 7 days a week. The Rumailah Hospital and the Paediatric Emergency Centre are both part of the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and are located in Al Sadd. Housing in the area is mainly in the form of apartments to rent in residential blocks and western-style high rises. It is also possible to find some standalone villas or compound villas to rent in Al Sadd too.