King Charles’s charity ploughs on with plans for major property development drive in Bahrain – despite human rights groups’ criticism of Gulf state’s pro-democracy crackdown

  • The Prince’s Foundation to continue with property development plans in Bahrain 
  • Charity is appealing for prospective urban design assistant to join their team 
  • Gulf state has been routinely criticised for response to pro-democracy protests 

King Charles’s charity will forge ahead with plans for a major property development drive in Bahrain, it was revealed today.

The Prince’s Foundation is looking for an urban design assistant to help with its new town project in Bahrain.

According to the job listing, the successful applicant, who would earn a salary of up to £29,000, will help to develop base plans and detailed landscape design packages.

In addition, they would be required to make in-country visits from time to time to help oversee the development of a mixed-use local centre.

King Charles’s charity will forge ahead with plans for a major property development drive in Bahrain, it was revealed today

The project’s senior design manager, Leslie Ohomele, is an intriguing figure who waded into the Lady Susan Hussey ‘race row’ on social media. 

She tweeted back in December: ‘”Where are you from?” is not the same as “No, where are you REALLY from?” Those of us who’ve been asked both questions know the difference.’

Bahrain has been routinely criticised by human rights campaigners for its violent response to pro-democracy protests.

In November, Bahrainis took part in elections for the lower house of parliament that advises King Hamad but no opposition candidates were permitted to stand. 

Amnesty International warned the polls would take part in an ‘environment of political repression’. 

Despite this, Charles has maintained close relationships with the Kingdom’s rulers over the years, including hosting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at Buckingham Palace last September.

The monarch faced similar backlash after it was first revealed his architecture charity signed a deal to advise Bahrain on a 4,000-home development in 2013.

The Prince’s Foundation is looking for an urban design assistant to help with its new town project in Bahrain

According to the Crown Prince of Bahrain’s website, the King’s charitable foundation has taken up an advisory role in the development of housing projects in the Gulf state.

It states: ‘The Prince’s foundation has overseen large-scale housing projects in the UK and is currently advising on homes in Bahrain’s southern governorate and other development projects across different parts of the Kingdom.’

The King’s charity was also at the forefront in planning, designing and constructing of the model village of Poundbury.

Poundbury is King Charles’ vision of an utopian idyll where private and affordable housing mix with boutique shops, places of work and services like the local school and medical centre within walking distance.

Building work began in 1992 and it is due for completion in 2025 by when it will have 2,500 homes and a population of 6,000.

The news comes amid the latest Royal Family row which has seen Prince Harry launch a blistering attack on his closest relatives via his recently leaked memoirs, ‘Spare’.

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