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.
Old Airport also known as "Al Matar Al Qadeem" is a district in the municipality of Doha. The district is located close to the site of Doha's old international airport which was in service as the main airport of Qatar before the construction of Hamad International Airport. Situated between the D-Ring Road on its north edge and the E-Ring Road on its south edge the district has very good road links. Al Matar Street (known in English as Old Airport Street) runs down the east edge of the district where 2 Metro stations are within easy reach. The Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro station and the Oqba Al Nafie Metro station are both on the Red Line. Najma Street runs along the west edge of the district.
There are many businesses and retailers which serve the residents of Old Airport situated on Al Matar Street. The first ever mall of Qatar which opened in 1997, known simply as "The Mall", is also located within the district next to the busy Najma roundabout. There are over 15 local and international schools that serve the area for all ages. There is a wide variety of homes available to rent in Old Airport ranging from apartments and villas with and without furniture suitable for all kinds of renters.