Isa, Bahrain

The new town of Isa in Bahrain was named after Sheikh Isa bin Sulman AI-Khalifa, ruler of the oil-rich Persian Gulf island of Bahrain. Sheikh Isa had been inspired to start the project after a visit to Harlow New Town in Essex and allocated 7,000,000 to complete it. The town housed over 200,000 people, covered two and a half square miles and included a huge sports stadium, mosques, schools, clinics an d shops. Bahrainis were able to buy the new houses with long-term loans at subsidised interest rates.

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