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.
Fereej Bin Mahmoud is a district in the municipality of Doha. In Arabic "Fereej" means neighbourhood and Bin Mahmoud refers to the first, most well-known or populated tribe that settled in the area. The Al Mahmoud tribe was among the first tribes to settle in the area hence the name. It is officially listed as making up two Zones of Qatar, approximately one third (the north section) of the district is in Zone 22 and the remaining two thirds (central and south sections) of the district are located in Zone 23. The district has very good road links, the B-Ring Road runs along the east edge, Salwa Road (Q5) runs along the south edge, C-Ring Road along the west edge and Al Rayyan Road (Q3). Bin Mahmoud Street runs through the district and is a one-way street linking Salwa Road (Q5) to Al Rayyan Road (Q3). The area is also well served by bus routes and has its own Metro station, Bin Mahmoud on the Gold Line.
It is one of the older, multi-use districts of the capital with many businesses and it is also larger compared to its neighbouring districts. There are many residential blocks in the area with a variety of rental apartments in Fereej Bin Mahmoud. The selection is vast and one can find anything from a basic unfurnished studio flat to fully furnished 2- and 3-bedroom luxury duplex apartments. Larger homes and villas are also available to rent in Fereej Bin Mahmoud for bigger families.