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 usually set out over two or more floors. A standalone villa is defined as a villa that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land. It is not attached to any other building so it is detached, private and literally "stands alone". Standalone villas are not commonly found in Central Doha including most of the districts within the C-Ring Road as they mainly contain residential and office blocks. However, as you travel further out of Doha and beyond the C-Ring Road it become increasingly common to find standalone villas.
The amenities offered by standalone villas vary depending on the price, size and location. It is much more common to find a standalone villa with a private swimming pool in West Bay Lagoon than it is in Al Khor. Standalone villas are good for large families wanting their own private grounds or for companies looking to house their staff. It is quite common to see standalone villas advertised as suitable for bachelor accommodation. If you are specifically looking for a standalone villa, check the details advertised with the agent as sometimes compound villas are advertised as being standalone when they are in fact not standalone but instead the agent refers to the villa being detached from its neighbouring villa as such.
Al Hilal is a mixed purpose district in the municipality of Doha, Qatar because of its unique location being situated between two main circular roads of Doha, the C-Ring Road and the D-Ring Road. As a result, there are many commercial buildings in the district housing the offices of several major companies such as Doha Insurance, Qatar Islamic Insurance, Qatar Airways (Tower 1), Qatar Petrochemical Company Headquarters, Gulf Times and United Parcel Service (UPS) to name a few. There are also several branches of the main banking corporations of Qatar including Commercial Bank, QNB and Doha Bank in the district as well as several medical centres, clinics and the Al Emadi Hospital.
Other important buildings in the area to note are one of the offices for the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Embassy of India and Al-Khansaa Library which houses an Arabic and English collection of approximately 90,000 items. The library is dedicated for women, children, female students and official delegates. The area has many mosques and several large residential compounds that offer fantastic and extensive facilities to its residents which are owned and managed by well-known real estate companies. Villas and apartments for rent in this district are slightly more expensive than one would find outside of Doha.