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 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.