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.
A compound apartment can be defined as an apartment that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Renting an apartment in a compound offers many benefits such as security, maintenance, swimming pool, gym, clubhouse with various facilities, children"s play area and other sporting facilities to name a few. Compounds vary in size, some are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. Not all compounds offer apartments for rent as some only have villas. There is a wide variety of compounds in Qatar that suit most budgets and have all kinds of amenities. It is worth asking the agent about any adverts you have seen and checking the amenities with them if you are looking for anything in particular, as sometimes agents do not list all the available amenities in a compound.
Duhail is a district in the municipality of Doha and has been named after a large cavern "Dahal" in Arabic, which exists in the region. The district is one of the northernmost districts of Doha and also in its entirety one of the 98 zones of Qatar, Zone 30. The Doha expressway, also known as Al Shamal Road (Q1) runs along the west border of the district separating it from the Umm Salal municipality. More than half of the area of the district which spans 6.85 square kilometres is occupied by the main base of Lekhwiya, the country's Internal Security Forces.
The district is also home Abdulillah bin Khalifah Stadium, home ground for one of the top Qatar Stars League teams, Al-Duhail. Al Duhail Sports club is next to the Qatar Handball Association. There are a number of local independent schools and private nurseries in Duhail. The area has good road links, 2 bus routes that serve it every day of the week and there is also a Metro station under construction. There are many homes to rent in Duhail and a great selection of apartments and villas to rent are available either in residential compounds or otherwise.