FEBRUARY 2017 PM NETWORK 7
A mega-mosque construction project is underway in Algiers, Algeria—but its completion date
isn’t quite clear. At one point scheduled to open
this year, the mosque will become the third largest in the world. But like many infrastructure
projects in the region, the landmark is signi;cantly behind schedule because of budget issues.
Construction began in 2012, when global
oil prices were near their peak. When the oil
markets began to plummet, Algeria’s economy faltered—as did work on the mosque.
Now, it is estimated to be ;nished in 2020 at
Once completed, the mosque grounds
will accommodate 120,000 worshippers. ;e
22-hectare ( 54.4-acre) complex will include
a library with 1 million works, a museum of
Islamic art and history, a research center,
shops and o;ces.
;e crown jewel will be the minaret, the
tallest in the world at around 869 feet (265
meters). ;e structure posed a challenge to
the project team. ;e intricate pattern that
adorns the minaret is traditionally hand-carved into stone. To speed up the process,
the team opted to create the pattern out of
precast concrete. ;is will also make the
tower lighter, yet strong enough to withstand
extreme weather and earthquakes—a serious
risk in Algeria.
On the Horizon
The mosque’s massive
prayer room will
“There will be nothing
like it in the world—
—Bouabdallah Ghlamallah, Algerian religious
affairs minister, to Morocco World News