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 Waab is a district in the Al Rayyan municipality situated close to Doha. The Arabic word "waab" means "vast area that accommodates things" and was named as such due to the fact that the suburb consists of a large, fertile plain where small shrubs and plants grow in abundance. It is located 10 kilometres from Doha's city centre and is very close to the Aspire Zone with its large park, open spaces, renowned Khalifa Stadium, the Doha Torch and Villaggio Mall.
Gated compounds are very common in Al Waab and it is one of the most sought-after areas by families looking for villas to rent due to its location and large number of international schools nearby. The area is well connected for both road and public transport. The Al Waab Street runs along the north border of the district and the busy Salwa Road (Q5) with its vast array of commercial and retail units along the south border. The area is well served by several bus routes and also the Gold Line of the Doha Metro. Due to the popularity of the location, the area is home to a massive real estate development project Al Waab City, a planned city divided into three sections: the Northern District, the Central District and the Southern District. It is designed to accommodate over 8000 people and consists of villas, apartment buildings, townhouses, recreational facilities, parks, landscaped walkways, office buildings, a spa, a hotel, restaurants and boutiques.