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.
Al Kheesa is a district in the Al Daayen municipality of Qatar. The word "Kheesa" is the Arabic for "large garden" and was given this name due to the abundant green gardens and cedar trees in the area. As part of the Qatar National Master Plan (QNMP) report in 2014 which discussed the development plans for the municipality of Al Daayen, it was stated that Al Kheesa would benefit from the facilities offered by Rawdat al Hamama as one of the two municipality "District Centres" due to their proximity. Al Kheesa was thus divided into 4,135 plots of land which in total were estimated will house a total of 26,000 residents. This development is in line with plans to make Al Kheesa the southern hub of the municipality due to it closeness to Doha. The intention was that the overspill of population and housing demand from the northern part of Doha would be absorbed by this southern region of Al Daayen and that Al Kheesa would naturally see a rapid rise in residents.
The location of Al Kheesa next to the Al Shamal Road (Q1) makes it an ideal location for families to rent homes in, especially as there are already several renowned international schools in the area and from September 2020, ACS International School in Doha will begin receiving students at their brand-new state-of-the-art campus. Many expatriate families will no doubt be looking to find suitable homes to rent in the area. In addition to the schools in the area, the biggest mall in Qatar the Doha Festival City Mall (DFC) is nearby as well as the O2 Mall. There have already been many new residential compounds constructed in al Kheesa offering villas and apartments for families to rent.