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.
Umm Lekhba is a district in the municipality of Doha and zone 31 of Qatar. Previously it was known as South Duhail or Duhail South. In Arabic, "umm" literally means mother, but in this context is used as a prefix for specific geographic features. The second portion of the name, "lekhba", originates from the Arabic word "khabaa", which is translated as "to hide". This name was given in reference to the fact that the area is relatively discreet since it lies in a depression.
The area has good road links with the Al Shamal Road (Q1) also known as the Doha Expressway running along the west edge of the district, the Al Khafji Street runs through the district, the Arab League Street runs along the west edge and Al Markhiya Street runs along the south edge of the district whereby two major malls that serve the area and surrounding areas can be found. Tawar Mall, a large mall spanning approximately 90,000 square metres sits on the intersection of Arab League Street and Al Markhiya Street. The Landmark Mall can be found at the intersection of Al Markhiya Street and Al Shamal Road (Q1). The area also has public transport services with 5 bus routes that serve the area daily.
There are over 10 local and international schools serving the local residents from kindergarten level to secondary level. There are a good selection of properties available for rent in Umm Lekhba and one can find both apartments and villas in the district.