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 house is a property that is usually set out over two or more floors. In Qatar, houses are usually referred to as villas, although it is possible to also find townhouses too. There are two kinds of villas: either standalone villas or compound villas. A standalone villa is defined as a house that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land as a detached and separate entity. A compound villa is defined as a house that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of houses to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Both have their benefits and drawbacks for example, standalone villas offer more privacy for their occupants and compound villas usually benefit from many more amenities, security and maintenance.
A townhouse is a type of terraced housing often referred to as "row houses" as they are constructed in rows and stand side by side with shared walls usually to both sides. Most townhouses typically have more than 2 floors and commonly three in most regions. There is a wide variety of houses available in Qatar with varying amenities and suitable for most budgets.
Old Airport also known as "Al Matar Al Qadeem" is a district in the municipality of Doha. The district is located close to the site of Doha's old international airport which was in service as the main airport of Qatar before the construction of Hamad International Airport. Situated between the D-Ring Road on its north edge and the E-Ring Road on its south edge the district has very good road links. Al Matar Street (known in English as Old Airport Street) runs down the east edge of the district where 2 Metro stations are within easy reach. The Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro station and the Oqba Al Nafie Metro station are both on the Red Line. Najma Street runs along the west edge of the district.
There are many businesses and retailers which serve the residents of Old Airport situated on Al Matar Street. The first ever mall of Qatar which opened in 1997, known simply as "The Mall", is also located within the district next to the busy Najma roundabout. There are over 15 local and international schools that serve the area for all ages. There is a wide variety of homes available to rent in Old Airport ranging from apartments and villas with and without furniture suitable for all kinds of renters.