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.
Umm Salal Ali is a district in the municipality of Umm Salal situated in eastern Qatar about 27 kilometres north of Doha and 18 kilometres to the west of Lusail. In Arabic, "Umm Salal" translates to "mother of rocks". The name "Ali" added onto the end refers to Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, a son of Qatar's former ruler, Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, who previously owned a number of farms in the area. Nearby villages include Umm Al Amad, Bu Fasseela and Al Mazrouah. There are good road links to the district with the Doha Expressway (Al Shamal Road Q1) running along the east edge of the district.
The area has been undergone much development in recent years including a massive reservoir project which when completed is expected to be the largest in the world in its category. The Al Sulaiteen Agricultural Complex is headquartered in Umm Salal Ali, consisting of 40 hectares of cultivable land with desalination plants on-site and producing up to 300 tonnes of fresh produce annually. The Central Fish Market was transferred from Abu Hamour to Umm Salal Ali in 2017. There are three schools in the area, one being international and in recent years dues to the expansion and development there have been many residential compounds constructed. As a result, it is quite easy to find homes to rent in Umm Salal Ali and there are plenty of apartments and villas to choose from to suits all budgets.