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.
Onaiza is a district in the north-east of the municipality of Doha which spans two zones of Qatar (zones 63 and 65). It is located between Al Dafna, Qatar's emerging central business district, and Lusail, a development north of Doha which is set to become the second largest city of Qatar in the near future. The district was mostly developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a result of its proximity to Doha's new business district and its relative distance from the more congested centre of the city. The area is known as Doha's new "foreign embassy district" and there are over 15 embassies located in the district.
The district has very good road links. Along the east and north edges of the district run Omar Al Mukhtar Street on which two Metro stations, West Bay QIC and DECC both on the Red Line are located. Al Jamia Street also known as "University Street" runs along the west edge and leads to Qatar University, Al Markhiya Street runs along the south edge of the district and Al Istiqbal Street which cuts right through Onaiza later on becomes the Lusail expressway as it crosses Omar Al Mukhtar Street on the north edge of Onaiza. The homes to rent in Onaiza are mainly apartments although there are also many large standalone luxurious villas available too.