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. In Qatar you can find two kinds of villas: either standalone villas or compound villas. A standalone villa is defined as a villa that has boundary walls and stands on its own private land as a detached and separate entity. A compound villa is defined as a villa that is located within a residential compound or "neighbourhood/society". Compounds vary in size and can be anything from a handful of villas to hundreds in the much larger compounds. Both have their benefits and drawbacks for example, standalone villas offer more privacy for their occupants and compound villas usually benefit from many more amenities, security and maintenance. There is a wide variety of villas available in Qatar with varying amenities and suitable for most budgets.
Al Luqta is a district of the Al Rayyan municipality in Qatar. The areas name originated from the Arabic word "luqeet", which means an "abandoned infant". It was named so because the district was located in an isolated and largely unknown area. However, the district of Al Luqta today is certainly different and has been revived with huge national projects. It is home to a massive flagship initiative of the Qatar Foundation: "Education City" - with an area spanning an impressive 12 square kilometres employing 4,000 people in over 50 separate entities with scholastic, educational, research and community focus. The area is home to the Qatar National Library (QNL) which holds over 1 million books and is open for the public. The library benefits from a special transport service that serves the library users from various locations throughout Qatar. The construction of the stunning Education City Stadium which will be used to host some of the World Cup 2022 matches was completed in June 2020 and has a seating capacity of 40,000.
There are also three very active National Research Institutes which to date have invested a total of over $1.4 billion in over 2,300 different projects resulting in over 330 inventions, 15 patents and 20 start-ups. There are 13 schools situated in Al Luqta. In addition, there are 8 university campuses of some of the world's leading educational establishments, where a diverse variety of over 60 different degree programs in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences, Law, Media, Business, Technology, are offered to their student population. Over 8000 students with an additional 4000 alumni from over 100 nationalities have used the world-class facilities. It is a truly magnificent array of campuses offering the best facilities any student could wish for that has to be seen to be appreciated. The area has a good selection of homes to rent, apartments and villas can be found in compounds with good facilities as well as more spacious standalone villas for larger families.