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 house is a property that is usually set out over two or more floors. In Qatar, houses are usually referred to as villas, although it is possible to also find townhouses too. There are two kinds of villas: either standalone villas or compound villas. A standalone villa is defined as a house that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land as a detached and separate entity. A compound villa is defined as a house that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of houses to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Both have their benefits and drawbacks for example, standalone villas offer more privacy for their occupants and compound villas usually benefit from many more amenities, security and maintenance.
A townhouse is a type of terraced housing often referred to as "row houses" as they are constructed in rows and stand side by side with shared walls usually to both sides. Most townhouses typically have more than 2 floors and commonly three in most regions. There is a wide variety of houses available in Qatar with varying amenities and suitable for most budgets.
Al Aziziya is a district in the municipality of Al Rayyan in Qatar located on the outskirts of Doha. The area boasts plenty of green space with the presence of part of the huge 88 hectare Aspire Park (part of the Aspire zone) in the district. The rest of the park lies to the north of the district on the other side of Al Waab Street in the neighbouring district Baaya. With well-designed grounds, beautiful fountains, playgrounds for children to exhaust themselves in and many cafes to enjoy tasty beverages and snacks, this is surely a place to spend time in evenings and the weekends. There are many rare and common trees that have been carefully planted which are meticulously tended to so that visitors to the park can enjoy and relax amongst whilst appreciating the beautifully landscaped green surroundings.
Nearby is the iconic Aspire Tower also known as "The Torch" Doha which is currently the tallest landmark in Qatar and stands at 300 meters tall (980ft). The tower served as the focal point for the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in December 2006. There are plenty of furnished apartments and villas to rent in Al Aziziya ready for families and couples to move into straightway with easy access to a number of international schools nearby, making it a great location to rent a home in.