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.
Umm Salal sometimes spelled Umm Slal, is a municipality in Qatar. The word Umm, in Arabic means mother, while salal refers to large rocks or stones. The area has been given the name "mother of rocks" due to the large rocky formations found in the area. The municipality shares its borders with Al Rayyan to the south, Doha to the Southeast, Al Daayen to the east, Al Khor to the north and Al Shahaniya to the west. The municipality is the only one in Qatar that does not have any coastline.
The northern part of Umm Salal is largely occupied by agricultural land due to the presence of a large aquifer. In the 2015 census, Umm Salal accounted for just over 10% of Qatar's agriculture despite having only a corresponding 3% land size.
The southern part of Umm Salal is home to a town called Umm Salal Mohammed which has numerous farms, wells and a large water reservoir which is filled during the rainy season. The three main industries found in Umm Salal are construction, agriculture and retail. The municipality boasts the largest Mall in Qatar called Doha Festival City or DFC for short. The gigantic mall covers a staggering 244,000m2 and cost just under 6.5 billion Qatari Riyals to build. Umm Salal has in recent years gained popularity as an upcoming area to rent a home in Qatar outside of the capital with access to all the modern conveniences and variations of housing to suit all types of renters.