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 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.
Al Rayyan municipality is the third largest in Qatar. The capital of Al Rayyan is a district of the same name: Al Rayyan City which is comprised of two districts Old Al Rayyan and New Al Rayyan. It is bordered to the north by the municipalities of Al Shahaniya and Umm Salal, to the east by Doha and to the south by Al Wakra. It comprises two main components, its capital: Al Rayyan City which is the western part of the Metropolitan Doha urban area and the extensive suburbs of Al Rayyan which collectively hold the largest total population outside of Doha. The majority of urban development and approximately 85% of the population of the municipality is concentrated within Al Rayyan City. This major urban overspill from Doha municipality has resulted in the rapid development of housing to meet the demand for homes to rent in Al Rayyan and its districts. In recent years residential compounds have been constructed to meet the housing needs of families seeking homes to rent in Qatar close to International schools, of which there are plenty to choose from in Al Rayyan.
Al Rayyan is also home to a number of mega projects in Qatar including Education City (a 12 square kilometre site and home to 9 Universities, Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Library) as well as Aspire Zone (Khalifa Stadium and Aspire Tower) and Al Waab City. Sidra Medical Centre and Research Centre in Al Gharrafa have raised the healthcare standards of the area. The municipality is also known for the first-ever specialised Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine hospital (Aspetar) in the Middle Eastern region receiving visitors from all over the globe. Aspetar was accredited as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence over 10 years ago and provides the highest possible medical treatment for sports-related injuries in a state-of-the-art facility, staffed by some of the world's leading sports medicine practitioners and researchers.