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Celebration of Bahrain's National Day today, which is also the 15th anniversary of the accession of the Amir, Sheikh Isa bin Sulman Al Khalifa, was restricted to a single ceremony, the opening of a block of 50 modern low cost, Government-built houses, at the remote northern coastal village of Demustan. This was to stress the dedicated efforts the Government is making to solve pressing housing problems. This year's budget, known as the "Working Man's Budget", allocated US.$ 50 millions for low cost housing. A few weeks later, Saudi Arabia's King Khaled, on a visit here, added a further gift of US 100 millions to Bahrain for the same purpose. The population is expanding at an alarming rate and the present figure of 250,000 is reliably estimated to reach at least 500,000 by the turn of the century.
Modern PRIVATE SECTOR building in the capital of Manama, meant to illustrate the rate at which the city is growing. A number of shots which takes us to 50 feet.
Beginning with a stone arch, ISA TOWN, named after the Amir and opened in 1968 as a self contained model town in the desert just outside Manama. Originally designed for 30,000 medium and low income Bahrainis. It is now already far too small. The present crash programme calls for 1500 low cost houses to be built at various sites round the Island.
Two or three shots of Isa Town.
A new settlement - as yet unnamed - will appear flat and unprepossessing on screen.
Beflagged, matchboard triumphal arch at entrance to Demustan.
To RUN OUT A few shots of Demustan's new houses (back-lit) cutaways of villagers etc.
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