Properties advertised as semi-furnished or partly furnished come with a few furnishings. In Qatar when a property is advertised as semi-furnished or partly furnished this usually means that there are some appliances in the kitchen and sometimes fitted air conditioning units or fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms. This type of home is useful for those not wishing to spend on large kitchen appliances or "white goods" as they are otherwise known. These are typically, items that are somewhat costly to buy and also may require maintenance or a warranty, so it is definitely an added convenience to have peace of mind knowing that if your kitchen appliances ever have a problem, they will be taken care of by the landlord. This convenience is factored in the monthly rental price and semi-furnished or partly furnished homes do cost more to rent, which is expected for the reasons explained.
A villa is a property/house that is either detached or attached to one or more other villas and commonly set out over two or three floors. A compound villa is defined as a villa that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of villas to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Renting a villa or apartment in a compound offers many benefits such as security, maintenance, swimming pool, gym, clubhouse with various facilities, children"s play area and other sporting facilities to name a few. Some compounds are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. There are compounds which are private and belong to companies offering their employees housing as part of their contract. Most international schools have residential compounds located near them and it is very easy to find good accommodation nearby for the convenience of families. There is a wide variety of compounds in Qatar that suit most budgets and have all kinds of amenities. It is worth asking the agent about any adverts you have seen and checking the amenities with them if you are looking for anything in particular, as sometimes agents do not list all the available amenities in a compound.
Al Dafna is a coastal district of the Qatari capital and municipality of Doha located on the Persian Gulf (sometimes referred to as "Arabian Gulf"). The word "Dafna" roughly translates to "dredged land", a reference to the fact that the district was built on reclaimed land following a large-scale land reclamation project along Doha's coastline launched in the 1980's. It is a rapidly developing business district and has quickly become the new downtown district of Doha and many foreign consuls reside in the area. The type of housing in the area is up-scale and often luxurious and prices tend to be higher than the average. There are plenty of standalone villas available for rent in Al Dafna and they are usually large with extensive private facilities. The availability of many international schools in the area makes it an ideal rental location for families in particular.
The area is known for the famous 456 room Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel built in 1979 which is well recognised and loved for its unique architecture and the Conference and Exhibition Centre, which opened in 1982. It was not until the late 1990's that the districts growth picked up pace and this led to the development of many plush hotels, restaurants and shopping centres including the famous City Center Mall, one of the largest in the region: well visited by locals and tourists alike. One of the main attractions in the area is the Katara Cultural Village, the largest and most multi-dimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a place where people come together to experience the cultures of the world. With a beautiful beach offering water sports, theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities.