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 Salal sometimes spelled Umm Slal, is a municipality in Qatar. The word Umm, in Arabic means mother, while salal refers to large rocks or stones. The area has been given the name "mother of rocks" due to the large rocky formations found in the area. The municipality shares its borders with Al Rayyan to the south, Doha to the Southeast, Al Daayen to the east, Al Khor to the north and Al Shahaniya to the west. The municipality is the only one in Qatar that does not have any coastline.
The northern part of Umm Salal is largely occupied by agricultural land due to the presence of a large aquifer. In the 2015 census, Umm Salal accounted for just over 10% of Qatar's agriculture despite having only a corresponding 3% land size.
The southern part of Umm Salal is home to a town called Umm Salal Mohammed which has numerous farms, wells and a large water reservoir which is filled during the rainy season. The three main industries found in Umm Salal are construction, agriculture and retail. The municipality boasts the largest Mall in Qatar called Doha Festival City or DFC for short. The gigantic mall covers a staggering 244,000m2 and cost just under 6.5 billion Qatari Riyals to build. Umm Salal has in recent years gained popularity as an upcoming area to rent a home in Qatar outside of the capital with access to all the modern conveniences and variations of housing to suit all types of renters.