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.
Old Al Rayyan also known as "Al Rayyan Al Qadeem" is a district in the municipality of Al Rayyan and part of Al Rayyan City, the largest city after Doha. The district's name is derived from the Arabic word "ray" which means irrigation due to its low elevation allowing it to act as a flood plain during the rainy season and provide a prolonged supply of water to the numerous wild plants and crops that grew in the area.
The has good road links with the Al Rayyan Road (Q3) running along the north edge of the district, Al Furousiya Street which runs along the east edge of the district separating it from Baaya and the Asprire Zone and Al Waab Street which runs along the south edge. The area is served by eleven buses that run every day of the week. There are over 15 local and international schools in the district for all ages. There is a good supply of apartments and villas to rent in New Al Rayyan to suit all budgets.