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.
Flats 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 "flat" is used in the UK, India and places that use British English. In Europe, North America and places that use American English, the word apartment is preferred. 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. Flats can be found in residential blocks or towers and sometimes even as a part of a house or villa where a whole floor or a section of it, has been separated to have its own entrance etc.
The Pearl is an artificial island and district in the municipality of Doha spanning nearly four million square metres with a capacity to house 50,000 residents. The name "The Pearl" comes from the fact that the island has been built on one of Qatar's historical pearl diving sites and refers to Qatar's rich past in the pearling industry. It has been divided into 12 precincts each with a distinct architectural style influenced by either Arabic, European or Mediterranean design. The two densely populated sections of the island are known as Viva Bahriya and Porto Arabia, where there are large residential tower blocks arranged in a circular arrangement offering thousands of apartments for sale and rent with either a marina view or beach access. In addition, there are large luxury villas, some with private beaches and mooring facilities and also modern townhouses with canal views for rent and sale.
Three enviable five-star hotels offering super-luxurious experiences and over two million square metres of the best international designer boutiques and popular fashion and homeware brands, top restaurants, elegant cafes, and entertainment facilities can also be found here. Living in The Pearl certainly offers an unmatchable luxurious experience with many conveniences and desirable facilities within reach.
Although there are no schools in The Pearl and no public transport either, this does not seem an impediment to the thousands of residents who choose to live the district because of the unique lifestyle offered by the amenities available and its prime location. There is one main road that serves the island known as The Pearl Boulevard. The nearest Metro station is Legtaifiya in West Bay Lagoon on the Red Line. The Pearl is one of the most popular places favoured by couples and families alike looking to rent in Qatar and with the wide variety of both furnished and unfurnished properties available, from apartments and villas to townhouses and penthouses, one is certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to renting a home in The Pearl!