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.
Old Al Hitmi also known as "Al-Hitmi Al-Ateeq" is a district in the municipality of Doha. Together with Al Rufaa, they both make up zone 17 of Qatar. The name is derived from Al-Hitmi family, who settled in the area in the 1930s. The area is quite historic with most of the residential units dating back to the early-to-mid 20th century. As a result of many years of neglect, most of the older buildings fell into state of disrepair. In the 1970s and 1980s after Qatar began profiting from oil extraction, many modern high-rise buildings were constructed but as the district had not been planned (with current guidelines) the roads are cluttered and there is a shortage of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and parking spaces.
The area is served by 2 bus routes and the National Museum Metro station on the Gold Line. Major roads for area are: Ras Abu Aboud Street and the B-ring-Road. There are no schools in the district and rental accommodation in Old Al Ghanim is limited to a small number of moderately priced apartments.