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 Markhiya is a district in the north of Doha municipality. It receives its name from a highly drought-resistant desert plant, known locally as "markh" which grows abundantly in the local area and is considered good fodder for camels and other livestock. Its botanical name is "Leptadenia pyrotechnica" and it is actually a variety of desert herb with medicinal properties that can be consumed. Over a century ago Al Markhiya was described as a camping ground with a masonry well and a garden. The garden was known for being an enclosed date palm plantation established by the former emir Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani and used for date palm cultivation.
Al Markhiya was one of the neighbourhoods of northern Doha to be developed much later. As part of the development project the Government setup commercial establishments like the Al Furjan markets to attract growth to the area. Other notable landmarks in the area are the grand Al Hazm Mall accessible through Al Markhiya Street and the Al Markhiya Sports Club located nearby just off Al Markhiya Street. Al Hazm Mall is a super luxurious shopping complex bearing Italian-style architecture. At a cost of QR 3 billion, the marble was imported from Italy, the stone from Palestine, and its architects were flown in from Rajasthan in India, all resulting in a breath-takingly beautiful and unique creation.