China to build mega mosque in Algeria

2012-02-28 22:30

Algiers - Algeria signed a deal with a Chinese company on Tuesday for the construction of a vast new €1bn mosque in the capital that will be able to hold up to 120 000 worshippers.

Religious Affairs Minister Bouabdallah Ghlamallah declared that the Grand Mosque which will overlook the seafront in the east of Algiers would be a "one-of-a-kind".

"There will be nothing like it in the world - religiously, touristically and economically," he said after the deal was signed with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC).

The mega mosque will sit on 20ha of land in the Mohammadia area of the capital, with its minaret soaring soaring 270m into the sky.

The house of worship will be able to 120 000 people and will also feature a library containing one million works and seating for 2 ,000, as well as a museum and a research centre.

"Work will start today [Tuesday] after the signing of the contract and should be completed in 42 months," the minister said.

  • Jacob - 2012-02-29 04:14

    So sick of hearing about the Chinese taking over Africa. The Chinese are going to exploit Africa for resources while paying off top government officials and selling weapons. The Chinese are going to decimate Africa's and the worlds wildlife for being ignorant. Africans are going to get scr%wed by the Chinese just like they did during the colonialism period! Fooled once and twice...hopefully they will get it right the third time when there will be nothing left....

      Yacoob - 2012-02-29 09:28

      Frank: About 23 million (according to the 2010 figure). And Chinese Muslims have been in China for roughly 1400 years.

  • garth.bester2 - 2012-02-29 05:58

    What is the reason for this, are they trying to compete with Mecca in Saudi and who is funding this white elphant?

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-02-29 06:46

    the Chinese banned religion during the cultural revolution,so why are they building a mosque?

      Vernon - 2012-02-29 13:23

      brownie points!!!

  • Ja - 2012-02-29 07:49

    This article leaves me with one question ... WHY?????

  • Raymond - 2012-02-29 08:34

    This article is misleading, as I can also see in the comments above. Algeria is just hiring a Chinese company for the construction, they make it sound like China is building a mosque in Algeria. Bad reporting and headlining, as well as two spelling errors in this one short article. Poor, poor, poor!!!!

      TBlogger - 2012-02-29 10:26

      100% agree with you Raymond,people should read the article carefully before jumping to conclusions and moreover, team needs to seriously work on their editing skills before posting..

  • Danny - 2012-02-29 12:27

    Didn't think that Algeria had rhinos / elephants / wild cats / any other animal for the chinese to kill under the false pretence that they'll grow bigger manhoods

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-29 12:50

    What a pity they are wasting this money which could be used to alleviate poverty of make education available to the poor on helping to improving the lifestyles of mammon loving imams. No why was this post previously deleted? Too close to the truth I suppose.

  • Lincoln - 2012-02-29 19:07

    Go to and compare China to the USA... you will see that china's "foreign reserves" outnumbers the States by numbers I cannot and dont even want to wrap my head around... My point is, while the states are wasting time,money and soldiers getting rid of "tyrants" The chinese are investing all over the place kinda under the radar... So what better gesture to build a mosk in a country where most are muslim and it just happens to be a country very rich in resources.. Call it what you want, but i think its the smartest move ever for the Chinese... Build some nuclear reactors in SA, and be sure of your power supply in the rest of Africa... China is dominating the global economy (sad, but soo true) and the end of the day, good on them for seeing a business opportunity in Africa.. NO one else does really, and if SA people want to bitch about it, then why did our government not think of doing the same, looong time ago?? Ps. we have cheap labour too!!!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-01 10:12

    Atleast China recognizes Africa as a place to do business unlike western countries that sees a place for aid and wars...

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