Properties advertised as unfurnished come with no furnishings. This differs from some other countries where unfurnished relates specifically to "furniture" only like beds, sofas, dining table etc. In Qatar when a property advert is listed as unfurnished this means that there are no appliances in the kitchen (only fitted kitchen cabinetry), or air conditioning units fixed and sometimes there are no fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms. It is important to consider this when searching for a home as these are costs that must be taken into consideration when budgeting for rental accommodation. Although the monthly rental on unfurnished properties often cheaper than properties with furnishings, once the cost of furniture is factored in, one can sometimes end up paying more overall per month. Of course, there are many things one must take into account like the duration of the tenancy, the condition of the furniture and the difference in the monthly/annual rental price.
Sometimes families prefer to buy their own furniture that meets their needs and suits their taste or when they move to Qatar, they may be moving permanently in which case they may decide to bring their furniture with them. Sometimes properties are advertised as unfurnished but for an increased monthly rental the landlord or real estate company is prepared to provide furniture. One thing to bear in mind is that if an unfurnished property is rented and furniture is bought, once the rental duration comes to an end the furniture will be an extra thing to take care of that one would not have to worry about otherwise, so this may not be the most ideal option for rentals of short or unknown duration.
5-bedroom properties are those that have five allocated bedrooms. They are sometimes referred to as 5 bhk, meaning 5 bedrooms, a hall and a kitchen. This type of property would suit a medium to large sized family. There are some 5-bedroom properties advertised as having a separate room for a maid/driver and some have their own attached bathroom too. Technically such properties would be considered to have 6 bedrooms. Over 85% of all 5-bedroom properties available for rent in Qatar are villas. The remaining 15% of 5-bedroom homes for rent are apartments, penthouses, townhouses or on the odd occasion a triplex with a large roof terrace: perfect for outdoor entertaining.
It is advisable to check the facilities being offered and also the layout of the property as some agents do not always list all the amenities fully. It is also best to view any properties that interest you in person as there are many aspects of the home that you can gauge better when you visit the property.
A villa is a property/house that is usually set out over two or more floors. In Qatar you can find two kinds of villas: either standalone villas or compound villas. A standalone villa is defined as a villa that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land as a detached and separate entity. A compound villa is defined as a villa that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of villas 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. There is a wide variety of villas available in Qatar with varying amenities and suitable for most budgets.
Officially known as Al Khor and Al Thakhira, Al Khor is a municipality in the northern region of Qatar. The area is named after the major city in the area, Al Khor City, followed by the second largest settlement Al Thakhira. In Arabic, "Khor", means bay and the city was called this due to its close proximity to a bay in the north of Qatar. The Al Khor municipality is bordered with Al Shamal municipality to its north and to its south to the three municipalities of Al Shahaniya, Umm Salal and Al Daayen. The majority or properties available for rent in Al Khor are located in Al Khor City and Al Thakhira and are generally cheaper than similar apartments and villas available for rent found in the capital, Doha or neighbouring areas further south.
Al Khor is known for its numerous beaches and sea-front promenade. There are also 4 islands off the coast, one of them being Al Khor Island (also known as Purple Island). One of the main attractions in the area is a mangrove forest which was ordered by the Emir of Qatar to become a protected area in 2006. Al Khor has the second largest total farmland area in Qatar, after the municipality of Al Rayyan, but it is known to be the most farm dense municipality with over 325 farms situated in the municipality. Two main roads connect Al Khor to the capital, the first being Al Shamal Road running through the municipality of Umm Salal and Al Khor Coastal Road running through the municipality of Al Daayen.