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.
Umm Salal sometimes spelled Umm Slal, is a municipality in Qatar. The word Umm, in Arabic means mother, while salal refers to large rocks or stones. The area has been given the name "mother of rocks" due to the large rocky formations found in the area. The municipality shares its borders with Al Rayyan to the south, Doha to the Southeast, Al Daayen to the east, Al Khor to the north and Al Shahaniya to the west. The municipality is the only one in Qatar that does not have any coastline.
The northern part of Umm Salal is largely occupied by agricultural land due to the presence of a large aquifer. In the 2015 census, Umm Salal accounted for just over 10% of Qatar's agriculture despite having only a corresponding 3% land size.
The southern part of Umm Salal is home to a town called Umm Salal Mohammed which has numerous farms, wells and a large water reservoir which is filled during the rainy season. The three main industries found in Umm Salal are construction, agriculture and retail. The municipality boasts the largest Mall in Qatar called Doha Festival City or DFC for short. The gigantic mall covers a staggering 244,000m2 and cost just under 6.5 billion Qatari Riyals to build. Umm Salal has in recent years gained popularity as an upcoming area to rent a home in Qatar outside of the capital with access to all the modern conveniences and variations of housing to suit all types of renters.