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 villa is a property/house that is usually set out over two or more floors. A standalone villa is defined as a villa that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land. It is not attached to any other building so it is detached, private and literally "stands alone". Standalone villas are not commonly found in Central Doha including most of the districts within the C-Ring Road as they mainly contain residential and office blocks. However, as you travel further out of Doha and beyond the C-Ring Road it become increasingly common to find standalone villas.
The amenities offered by standalone villas vary depending on the price, size and location. It is much more common to find a standalone villa with a private swimming pool in West Bay Lagoon than it is in Al Khor. Standalone villas are good for large families wanting their own private grounds or for companies looking to house their staff. It is quite common to see standalone villas advertised as suitable for bachelor accommodation. If you are specifically looking for a standalone villa, check the details advertised with the agent as sometimes compound villas are advertised as being standalone when they are in fact not standalone but instead the agent refers to the villa being detached from its neighbouring villa as such.
Ain Khaled is a district in the Al Rayyan municipality formerly known as "Ain al Seneem" and is situated on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar's capital. The area is historically known for its well "Al Seneem" which served the people of Doha and the neighbouring villages. The word "Ain" is Arabic and is used for natural underground water sources. The district's name was later changed to "Ain Khaled" in respect of a well honoured local who went by the name "Khaled". In 2019 the municipality in conjunction with the Public Parks Department undertook a joint project to redesign the Ain Khaled roundabout in a creative manner. The large roundabout with an area of 1200 square meters was designed to have 600 square meters of artificial grass laid and the remaining 600 square meters decorated in a traditional style with Washingtonia palm trees and pebbles in the Qatari national colours of burgundy and white. In the centre of the roundabout stands a well, representing the "Ain al Seneem well" which is powered by solar panels as are the lights that illuminate the roundabout at night.
The district is home to the Fereej Ain Khaled Stadium managed by the Qatar Olympic Committee. Ain Khaled is a great place for families or couples looking to find accommodation for rent in Qatar outside of the more costly capital Doha. The majority of apartments and villas for rent in the area are located in compounds and gated complexes offering maintenance, security and safe play areas for children with facilities like swimming pools, gyms, sporting facilities and even restaurants – making them ideal for those looking for family or budget friendly rental homes in Qatar.