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.
Madinat Khalifa North is a district in the north west of the municipality of Doha. The district is situated between the adjacent city of Al Rayyan and downtown Doha. In the 1970s Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar at the time oversaw the development of the of the district and its neighbouring district of Madinat Khalifa South which were intended to be residential districts primarily for Qatari families.
The Doha expressway also known as Al Shamal Road (Q1) runs along the west edge of the district and five bus routes serve the area. The Madinat Khalifa North Metro station is currently under construction, and will be part of Doha Metro's Green Line once completed. The district is home to one of the Primary Health Care Corporation centres, the Madinat Khalifa Health Centre (PHCC) which serves the local and surrounding communities. There are over 10 nurseries and local schools in the area as well as one international school. The area has a large park, Dahl Al Hamam Park with an amphitheatre as well as a couple of smaller parks. There are some apartments and villas for rent in Madinat Khalifa North suitable for bachelors, couples and families and to suit all budgets.