/is'may euh lee"euh, -muy euh-/, n.
a city and seaport at the midpoint of the Suez Canal, in NE Egypt. 189,700.
Also, Isma'iliya.

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also transliterated  Al-Ismāʿīlīyah 

      capital of Al-Ismāʿīlīyah (Ismāʿīliyyah, Al-) muḥāfaẓah (governorate), northeastern Egypt. The city is about at the midpoint of the Suez Canal, on the northwestern shore of Lake At-Timsāḥ. The lake, in a natural depression, was connected to the Gulf of Suez of the Red Sea in pharaonic times.

      The city was founded in 1863 by the French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Suez Canal, as a base camp. It was named for the ruling Egyptian khedive (viceroy) Ismāʿīl Pasha, whose elaborate palace built for the gala opening of the canal in 1869 has fallen into ruin. Laid out in contemporary 19th-century style, with broad avenues, tree-lined squares, parks, and gardens, it has a gridiron street plan.

      Ismailia played an important role in modern Egyptian history: British suppression of an uprising by rebellious Egyptian police there in January 1952 was a key event leading to the overthrow of King Farouk I later that year and the Egyptian Revolution that followed. During the period that the canal was open to traffic (1869–1956; 1957–67), Ismailia prospered. The operating headquarters of the Suez Canal Company and the Central Movement Office, which regulated canal traffic, were there. When the canal was closed for eight years following the Six-Day War of June 1967, the city's economic base was undermined; much of the population was resettled elsewhere in Egypt.

      With the cease-fire and peace following the 1973 war with Israel, especially after the Suez Canal reopened in 1975, Ismailia returned to prosperity. The refugees were returned, new housing was built by the government, and a tax-free industrial zone was created as part of President Anwar el-Sādāt's “Open Door” policy. Industries that have been established include food processing, tractor and engine construction, and shipyard work. In the early 1980s a power plant was built in the city. The Suez Canal University opened in 1975.

      The city is linked to the national rail network of Egypt via Banhā in Al-Qalyūbīyah governorate. Another railway along the Suez Canal serves Ismailia. The city has a ferry service across the canal. Pop. (1996) 254,477.

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