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.
A villa is a property/house that is either detached or attached to one or more other villas and commonly set out over two or three floors. 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. Renting a villa or apartment in a compound offers many benefits such as security, maintenance, swimming pool, gym, clubhouse with various facilities, children"s play area and other sporting facilities to name a few. Some compounds are gated and others have the convenience of a mini supermarket for groceries, a restaurant or even a mosque. There are compounds which are private and belong to companies offering their employees housing as part of their contract. Most international schools have residential compounds located near them and it is very easy to find good accommodation nearby for the convenience of families. There is a wide variety of compounds in Qatar that suit most budgets and have all kinds of amenities. It is worth asking the agent about any adverts you have seen and checking the amenities with them if you are looking for anything in particular, as sometimes agents do not list all the available amenities in a compound.
Al Wakra is a municipality located in the southeast of Qatar. The name is derived from the Arabic word "Wakar" which roughly translates to "bird's nest" and was named as such after a hill in close proximity that flocks of birds would build their nests on. The capital of Al Wakra is Al Wakra City. It is bordered to the north by Doha and Al Rayyan which then further borders it to the west too. The area is characterised by its sand dunes and higher elevations above sea level as opposed to the north or Qatar. The Naqiyan Hill Range dominates the southern quarter of the municipality in Khawr al Udeid which is Qatar's largest nature reserve and recognised by UNESCO and may be better known by its English name of "Inland Sea".
Al Wakra is the home of Hamad Port, Qatar's main commercial seaport, replacing Doha port in December 2016 and is located near Al Mesaieed. Qatar's most important power stations and desalination plants are also located here.
Al Wakra hospital is the largest in Qatar and was established in 2012 in Al Wakra City serving the southern region of the country. The area also has several international schools and good transport links making it popular with renters looking for affordable housing outside the capital. In recent years many real estate companies have focused their efforts in developing affordable family housing in the municipality. Numerous compounds can be found offering apartments and villas for rent in Al Wakra combining both comfort and modern facilities suited to families and couples looking for cheaper rental homes in Qatar.