Madinat Hamad or Hamad Town is a primarily commuter city within northern Bahrain.
Hamad Town or Madinat Hamad is a primarily commuter city within northern The Kingdom of Bahrain. The name “Hamad Town” refers to the current king of Bahrain, Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. Hamad Town was a municipality of Bahrain in the central part of the country. Split from the municipality of Riffa and the southern area of Bahrain (Al Mintaqah Al Janubiyah) in 1991, its territory is now in the Northern Governorate. The city is culturally diverse, housing a proportionally mixed Shia-Sunni population of varying socio-economic backgrounds. Today, Hamad Town is an epitome of Bahraini multiculturalism, with no single ethnic or religious group making up the majority of inhabitants.
Hamad Town is one of the largest modern cities in Bahrain, with a population approaching 90,000 people. Hamad Town is famous for its 22 roundabouts. Residential addresses are based on the number of the nearest roundabout. Hamad Town is 18 km from the capital Manama and 19 km from the airport. It is close to the Sakhir area, which contains the huge Formula One motor racing circuit (Bahrain International Circuit), which is the biggest circuit in the Middle East.
The people of in this city tend to go to the capital Manama to work. Most of Hamad Town is a residential area but there is a large shopping center called Sooq Waqif which contains many shops and provides some employment in Hamad Town itself.