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 Thumama is a district (number 45) and is part of both the municipalities of Doha and Al Wakra. The district derives its name from a clumping desert bunchgrass called "thumam" which grows abundantly in the area. The area is one of Doha's newer districts and as a result has been well planned and laid out according to strict grid pattern. It is primarily a residential district and has experienced rapid development in recent years. The area has good road connections to Doha, through E Ring Road, F Ring Road and it is also close to Hamad International Airport. The area is served by 2 bus routes which operate every day of the week.
There are a number of local and international schools in the area making it an ideal neighbourhood for both local residents and expatriate families alike. The housing in the area consists mainly of single- family homes that sit independently on their on private land otherwise known as standalone villas. However, there are a number of residential compounds where there are villas and apartments for rent in Al Thumama, available with various shared compound facilities for the residents. The area is also home to magnificent Al Thumama Stadium, one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup venues and where one of the quarter-final matches is scheduled to take place.