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.
Umm Salal Mohammed is a town in the municipality of Umm Salal situated about 21 kilometres from the capital Doha. Together with 8 other districts it forms zone 71 of Qatar. The town is bordered by Umm Salal Ali to the north and Al Kharaitiyat to the south. It has numerous farms, wells and a large water reservoir which is filled during the rainy season.
As part of the Qatar National Master Plan (QNMP) Umm Salal Mohammed has been designated a Town Centre and it is the only Urban Centre in the municipality. The existing site of the proposed Town Centre is largely undeveloped and will be situated between two Metro stations on the Al Shamal Road (Q1) also known as the Doha Expressway which runs along the west edge of the district. It is expected that it will have a higher density of buildings than the current town of Umm Salal Mohammed as well as distinguishable landmarks. It is expected that due to its close proximity to two Metro stations, the area will have relatively high pedestrian accessibility. Several new buildings have been planned including several schools for all ages and a park.
A number of local and private international schools have a presence in Umm Salal Mohammed making it an area favoured by families looking for good schools and affordable homes to rent. In line with the development plans for the area several large residential compounds have been constructed that offer an abundance of both furnished and unfurnished apartments and villas with facilities to suit families, especially those with younger children.