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.
A villa is a property/house that is either detached or attached to one or more other villas and commonly set out over two or three floors. A compound villa is defined as a villa that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of villas to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Renting a villa or 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. Some compounds are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. There are compounds which are private and belong to companies offering their employees housing as part of their contract. Most international schools have residential compounds located near them and it is very easy to find good accommodation nearby for the convenience of families. 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.
Doha is the highest populated municipality in Qatar which shares its borders with Al Daayen municipality to the north, Al Rayyan to the west and Al Wakra to the south. With a population of around a million people it is home to approximately a third of Qatar's population. Al Doha gets its name from the Arabic word "Dohat" which means "roundness", and is named as such due to the rounded bays along its coastline.
The municipality is located in a central position on the east coastline of Qatar and is home to the majority of the residential areas, business districts and administrative centres of the country. Hamad International Airport, Hamad Medical City and the financial district of Al Dafna and West Bay are all located in the far east of the municipality near the coast. There are two districts namely the Industrial Area (Zone 57) and Wholesale market area (Zone 58) belonging to Doha municipality but located outside the boundaries of the municipality as two enclaves within the Al Rayyan municipality. Central Doha is home to the historic Souq Waqif and the Presidential Amiri Diwan. The beautiful Corniche Promenade runs along the east coast of Doha and serves as one of the major roads linking Doha to the northern and southern parts of Qatar.
Doha is probably most famously known for the luxurious reclaimed land development of The Pearl spanning over 4 square kilometres, an area that offers all types of homes available for rent to suit any requirement from large luxurious standalone villas with pools and private beaches to waterfront apartments by the marina in beautiful towers offering the best facilities to its residents.