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.
Duhail is a district in the municipality of Doha and has been named after a large cavern "Dahal" in Arabic, which exists in the region. The district is one of the northernmost districts of Doha and also in its entirety one of the 98 zones of Qatar, Zone 30. The Doha expressway, also known as Al Shamal Road (Q1) runs along the west border of the district separating it from the Umm Salal municipality. More than half of the area of the district which spans 6.85 square kilometres is occupied by the main base of Lekhwiya, the country's Internal Security Forces.
The district is also home Abdulillah bin Khalifah Stadium, home ground for one of the top Qatar Stars League teams, Al-Duhail. Al Duhail Sports club is next to the Qatar Handball Association. There are a number of local independent schools and private nurseries in Duhail. The area has good road links, 2 bus routes that serve it every day of the week and there is also a Metro station under construction. There are many homes to rent in Duhail and a great selection of apartments and villas to rent are available either in residential compounds or otherwise.