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.
Umm Lekhba is a district in the municipality of Doha and zone 31 of Qatar. Previously it was known as South Duhail or Duhail South. In Arabic, "umm" literally means mother, but in this context is used as a prefix for specific geographic features. The second portion of the name, "lekhba", originates from the Arabic word "khabaa", which is translated as "to hide". This name was given in reference to the fact that the area is relatively discreet since it lies in a depression.
The area has good road links with the Al Shamal Road (Q1) also known as the Doha Expressway running along the west edge of the district, the Al Khafji Street runs through the district, the Arab League Street runs along the west edge and Al Markhiya Street runs along the south edge of the district whereby two major malls that serve the area and surrounding areas can be found. Tawar Mall, a large mall spanning approximately 90,000 square metres sits on the intersection of Arab League Street and Al Markhiya Street. The Landmark Mall can be found at the intersection of Al Markhiya Street and Al Shamal Road (Q1). The area also has public transport services with 5 bus routes that serve the area daily.
There are over 10 local and international schools serving the local residents from kindergarten level to secondary level. There are a good selection of properties available for rent in Umm Lekhba and one can find both apartments and villas in the district.