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.
The Pearl is an artificial island and district in the municipality of Doha spanning nearly four million square metres with a capacity to house 50,000 residents. The name "The Pearl" comes from the fact that the island has been built on one of Qatar's historical pearl diving sites and refers to Qatar's rich past in the pearling industry. It has been divided into 12 precincts each with a distinct architectural style influenced by either Arabic, European or Mediterranean design. The two densely populated sections of the island are known as Viva Bahriya and Porto Arabia, where there are large residential tower blocks arranged in a circular arrangement offering thousands of apartments for sale and rent with either a marina view or beach access. In addition, there are large luxury villas, some with private beaches and mooring facilities and also modern townhouses with canal views for rent and sale.
Three enviable five-star hotels offering super-luxurious experiences and over two million square metres of the best international designer boutiques and popular fashion and homeware brands, top restaurants, elegant cafes, and entertainment facilities can also be found here. Living in The Pearl certainly offers an unmatchable luxurious experience with many conveniences and desirable facilities within reach.
Although there are no schools in The Pearl and no public transport either, this does not seem an impediment to the thousands of residents who choose to live the district because of the unique lifestyle offered by the amenities available and its prime location. There is one main road that serves the island known as The Pearl Boulevard. The nearest Metro station is Legtaifiya in West Bay Lagoon on the Red Line. The Pearl is one of the most popular places favoured by couples and families alike looking to rent in Qatar and with the wide variety of both furnished and unfurnished properties available, from apartments and villas to townhouses and penthouses, one is certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to renting a home in The Pearl!