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 Waab is a district in the Al Rayyan municipality situated close to Doha. The Arabic word "*waab"* means "vast area that accommodates things" and was named as such due to the fact that the suburb consists of a large, fertile plain where small shrubs and plants grow in abundance. It is located 10 kilometres from Doha's city centre and is very close to the Aspire Zone with its large park, open spaces, renowned Khalifa Stadium, the Doha Torch and Villaggio Mall.
Gated compounds are very common in Al Waab and it is one of the most sought-after areas by families looking for villas to rent due to its location and large number of international schools nearby. The area is well connected for both road and public transport. The Al Waab Street runs along the north border of the district and the busy Salwa Road (Q5) with its vast array of commercial and retail units along the south border. The area is well served by several bus routes and also the Gold Line of the Doha Metro. Due to the popularity of the location, the area is home to a massive real estate development project Al Waab City, a planned city divided into three sections: the Northern District, the Central District and the Southern District. It is designed to accommodate over 8000 people and consists of villas, apartment buildings, townhouses, recreational facilities, parks, landscaped walkways, office buildings, a spa, a hotel, restaurants and boutiques.