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.
Musahireb is a central district in the municipality of Doha. It is one of the oldest districts of Doha and is made up of two and half zones of Qatar (zones 13, 4 and half of 3). The former standalone district of Al Asmakh has been encompassed within Mushaireb. In 2010 The government launched the Mushaireb Downtown Doha project with the aim of completely refurbishing the district, an area covering 31 hectares. Plans for the $5.5bn overhaul of the district included the demolition of much of the older buildings, however some historic architecture dating back to the early 20th Century can still be found.
The area has good road and transport links with 11 bus routes than run every day of the week and the Mushaireb Metro station, Qatar's largest Metro station and major interchange station that serves 3 Metro lines, the Red, Green and Gold Lines. There are plenty of homes for rent in Mushaireb but as the area is a historic area there are no residential compounds or villas. Instead, there is a large selection of apartments in the area to suit all budgets and for larger families of for those looking for more luxurious properties, there are larger duplexes and penthouses available for rent.