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.
Al Thakhira is a town and district on the coast of the Al Khor municipality about 7 kilometres northeast of Al Khor City. It was founded by the Al Muhannadi tribe and its people historically relied on pearling and fishing for sustenance. "Al Thakhira" is the Arabic term for "ammunition". There are two theories behind how the town was named. The first is that the town earned this name because the inhabitants used to keep large reserves of food, money and weapons. The second is that the town was named by a group of sailors who had lost their way and after docking at Al Thakhira, they set out with their weapons and ammunition to look for food.
The area is home to Al Thakhira nature and marine reserve, a large area of vegetation attracting varied bird life, including flamingos and herons, covering approximately 1,400 hectares. This is where the popular mangroves of Qatar can be visited, including Purple Island, the small mangrove-covered island of Umm Far, parts of the coastline, and multiple wadis and salt flats. Al Thakhira Beach, one of the best-preserved in Qatar, is also a major tourist attraction, stretching for 10 kilometres: a popular spot for kayaking and fishing. Sea turtles are known to regularly nest on this beach during late spring and early summer. In 2019, the Sharq Garden: a new park was opened to the public with large areas of greenery and a walkway that runs through the park. There are two local schools in the district and there is a small selection of compound and standalone villas to rent in Al Thakira which are suited for families looking for cheaper rental homes than those found closer to the capital.