The smallest size of apartment or flat is known as a studio and these are units that have one "living" space which would include a sitting area and sleeping area. The kitchen could be open plan or separate depending on the unit and it would have its own private bathroom and toilet facilities. Studios are ideal for single people or couples who don't want or need much space but prefer to have their own private facilities. Studios are considered an entry-level type of accommodation and they are the cheapest type of apartment. The alternative to a studio would be to rent a room in house/villa and have the use of shared facilities like the bathroom and kitchen and this is a cheaper option for those on a tight budget.
Apartments are self-contained residential units occupying part of a larger building. They are usually set out on a single storey of a building and it is for this reason that in some regions (UK, India etc.) they are referred to as "flats". The term apartment is one that is used extensively in Europe, North America and places that use American English. The term "flat" is used in the UK, India and places that use British English. Apartments or flats have their own front door, kitchen, toilet and bathroom. In some countries a 1-bedroom apartment may be advertised as a 1bhk or 1bhk flat. The term "bhk" or "BHK" refers to bedroom, hall and kitchen. This means that the unit would have 1 bedroom, a hall (lounge/sitting room) and kitchen.
Apartments can be found in residential blocks or towers and sometimes as a part of a villa where the floors have been separated each with its own entrance etc.
Al Thumama is a district (number 45) and is part of both the municipalities of Doha and Al Wakra. The district derives its name from a clumping desert bunchgrass called "thumam" which grows abundantly in the area. The area is one of Doha's newer districts and as a result has been well planned and laid out according to strict grid pattern. It is primarily a residential district and has experienced rapid development in recent years. The area has good road connections to Doha, through E Ring Road, F Ring Road and it is also close to Hamad International Airport. The area is served by 2 bus routes which operate every day of the week.
There are a number of local and international schools in the area making it an ideal neighbourhood for both local residents and expatriate families alike. The housing in the area consists mainly of single- family homes that sit independently on their on private land otherwise known as standalone villas. However, there are a number of residential compounds where there are villas and apartments for rent in Al Thumama, available with various shared compound facilities for the residents. The area is also home to magnificent Al Thumama Stadium, one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup venues and where one of the quarter-final matches is scheduled to take place.