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.
Apartments 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 apartment is one that is used extensively in Europe, North America and places that use American English. The term "flat" is used in the UK, India and places that use British English. Apartments or 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.
Apartments can be found in residential blocks or towers and sometimes as a part of a villa where the floors have been separated each with its own entrance etc.
Al Rayyan municipality is the third largest in Qatar. The capital of Al Rayyan is a district of the same name: Al Rayyan City which is comprised of two districts Old Al Rayyan and New Al Rayyan. It is bordered to the north by the municipalities of Al Shahaniya and Umm Salal, to the east by Doha and to the south by Al Wakra. It comprises two main components, its capital: Al Rayyan City which is the western part of the Metropolitan Doha urban area and the extensive suburbs of Al Rayyan which collectively hold the largest total population outside of Doha. The majority of urban development and approximately 85% of the population of the municipality is concentrated within Al Rayyan City. This major urban overspill from Doha municipality has resulted in the rapid development of housing to meet the demand for homes to rent in Al Rayyan and its districts. In recent years residential compounds have been constructed to meet the housing needs of families seeking homes to rent in Qatar close to International schools, of which there are plenty to choose from in Al Rayyan.
Al Rayyan is also home to a number of mega projects in Qatar including Education City (a 12 square kilometre site and home to 9 Universities, Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Library) as well as Aspire Zone (Khalifa Stadium and Aspire Tower) and Al Waab City. Sidra Medical Centre and Research Centre in Al Gharrafa have raised the healthcare standards of the area. The municipality is also known for the first-ever specialised Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine hospital (Aspetar) in the Middle Eastern region receiving visitors from all over the globe. Aspetar was accredited as a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence over 10 years ago and provides the highest possible medical treatment for sports-related injuries in a state-of-the-art facility, staffed by some of the world's leading sports medicine practitioners and researchers.