FULLY FURNISHED IN 2022: AN EXPATRIATE’S ADVANTAGE

Jithin Abdul Latheef
Senior Manager – Finance and Strategy
Al Ameen Properties

Qatar is all set to make history by hosting the FIFA World Cup™ this winter, making the nation the first Middle Eastern country to host the prestigious tournament that originated in 1930.

It was the year 2010 when Qatar won the bid to host the FIFA World Cup™, earning itself a place in the world of sports and opening up a multitude of opportunities,not just for citizens but also for the expatriates coming from all around the world.

According to 2019 statistics, 88 percent of Qatar’s population is made up of different nationalities. With this diverse population, one often asks what is an advantage of living in Qatar as an expatriate, and today, we will be taking a deeper look into one of those.

One of the many accommodation options the FIFA World Cup™ is offering is apartments and villas. Having your own fully furnished, serviced apartment during your stay in Qatar as a visitor is a unique opportunity that allows you to experience the country as a local would. Meeting the Government Real Estate compliance standards, visitors can have a safe and comfortable stay.

Taking the same concept for a rental and providing people with a fully furnished apartment allows them to start their lives in their new home almost immediately.

Advantages of renting a furnished apartment:

Helpful for expatriates
Suitable for short-term rentals
Saves time and money
Suitable for people in need of a location change
Additional services such as security and maintenance

Helpful for expatriates
Be it moving across an ocean or across a town, most people move with a couple of suitcases at best. Moving to a fully furnished apartment that already has to offer all the basic things, people not only save money from spending it on buying new furniture and appliances but also minimize the cost of moving from one place to the other. And, this becomes one of the biggest advantages for an expat who is settling into a new location.

Suitable for short-term rentals
Engineers and consultants, who frequently move for work and are away from their homes, can find themselves opting for short term rentals. Companies often give a choice between renting a hotel room for consecutive days or rather renting out an apartment, and in this case, a fully furnished apartment would be a better choice if they wish to bring their family along.

This is also suitable for people who wish to live in a certain area before committing to it completely. And finally, for people who do not wish to invest in furniture and other major appliances, this becomes the most feasible option available.

Saves time and money
For an expat, it is important to have certain documentation organized and the first thing they need is a place to move in. Rather than getting an unfurnished apartment, they could opt for a fully furnished one and save money and time while setting up their new lives in the country they had just moved to. This also allows an expat to live in an area and experience it like a local.

Suitable for people in need of a location change
Be it for work or for school, a location change is most often required for an easy commute. But some people prefer not to stay in one place for too long, once again a fully-furnished apartment can give them the best advantage of moving from one place to another, without the hassle of moving their furniture and appliances every single time they move.

Additional services such as security and maintenance
Real estate agencies offer more than just fully furnished apartments these days. These apartments come with 24×7 security and free maintenance. Some agencies also provide free WiFi, so for anyone who is just moving to a country, their lives can start pretty much immediately with a fully furnished rental that is safe, secure, and gives them the advantage of being connected with ease.

As a Senior Manager working for a real estate agency that specializes in fully furnished apartments since 1995 and also being one of the many people who rents out a fully furnished unit, I can safely say that expats like me can start their lives in a new country almost immediately and find all the comforts their new homes have to provide. This becomes even more convenient for people who have moved to Qatar after the winning of the FIFA World Cup™ bid that was announced in 2010, and for people who wish to move to Qatar once the World Cup™ has wrapped up and its profound mark is left in the many streets, stadiums, buildings of Qatar and in the hearts of every single person who calls Qatar their home.

This article was published as part of the eighth edition of Property Finder Qatar’s Trends Report.