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.
Simaisma also spelled Sumaysimah is a small seaside town and district in the municipality of Al Khor. It is located on the eastern coast of Doha and is about 30 kilometres north of the capital Doha. It is known for the historical buildings that can still be found from the pre-oil and gas days of Qatar. Other than the old houses and mosques that one can see, in recent years the local beach and closely located Al Simasima Family Park and Simaisma Olympic Park have been developed. They attract visitors from all over Qatar looking to spend a family day out. The district also benefits from a Resort with villas, restaurants and beautiful facilities.
Simaisma is connected to the main highway in the municipality through Simaisma Road, a 7 kilometre carriageway. There is no public transport in the town. The Simaisma Island Bridge is a 450-meter-long bridge connecting Simaisma's mainland to Simaisma Island. The district is mainly occupied by local residents and there are a few primary schools in the area which serve the local community. Older children continue their Secondary education in the district of Al Khor nearby. There are a few properties for rent in Simaisma available, however most people looking to rent in the municipality often look towards rental properties in Al Khor as the district offer many more options.