How entire cities are springing up in Algeria

Algeria is building five new towns with a view to improving living conditions for its population and encouraging the development of certain parts of its territory, each project integrating different infrastructures deemed essential for the future.

Among the major projects carried out by Algeria, those of the new towns are emblematic of the approach of its government. These projects transform the urban space.

Boughezoul: a futuristic urban hub

In the Hauts Plateaux region, 170 km south of Algiers, we discover, for example, the works of the new town of Boughezoul which plans to accommodate some 400,000 inhabitants. The project consists of a futuristic urban center of 20,000 hectares divided between housing, business districts and agricultural areas, in a strategic region at the crossroads of the north-south and east-west axes.

“We built a modern city in order to attract the population and create a balance between the coast, the Hauts Plateaux and the south,” explains Mourad Ghouati, Managing Director of the Public Establishment of the New Town of Boughezoul. “These are pilot new cities, we hope to extend this experience later to other cities,” he points out.

The future city is home to a center of theAlgerian Space Agencya railway station and soon, an international airport.

Servicing is complete: 28 km of galleries for electrical networks, fiber optics, drinking water and irrigation of green spaces. “The technical gallery is sustainable work because the new town of Boughezoul has a character of sustainability,” indicates Abdelghani Zerrouki, technical director within the Public Establishment of the New Town of Boughezoul. “So if we have a change of pipe or electrical cable, we can do it very easily, quickly, efficiently and quietly,” he specifies.

Sidi Abdullah, “a city with sustainable development indicators”

Boughezoul is one of the five new towns of Algeria. Sidi Abdallah, in Greater Algiers, is another. There are leisure areas, health centers, pharmaceutical industries and even a university centre.

“Our project is to create an attractive, smart, resilient and connected city, a city with sustainable development indicatorsand we want to ensure comfort for our inhabitants,” explains Abdelhak Sedaoui, Director General of the Development Committee of the New Town of Sidi Abdallah.

A priority for Algeria has been to eradicate precarious housing. In the Saharan regions, new housing estates are delivered as part of the inter-regional balance.

To relieve congestion in large cities, low-cost housing and interest-free loans are offered by the State in satellite neighborhoods.

Meet the expectations of young people and the needs of international sporting events

Another of his priorities was to build stadiums. We visit that of the Sports Youth of Kabylie, the most successful club in the country, in Tizi Ouzou which has 50,000 seats. The work is inspected in person by Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City Mohamed Tarek Belaribi.

“The realization of all these stadiums is through the enthusiasm of the entire population who are interested in sport and competition,” says the minister. “This youthful enthusiasm was supported by the public authorities by carrying out all these works, starting with the Oran sports complex where we organized the Mediterranean Games which went wonderfully; we are in the process of completing two other stadiums on the capital Algiers: one in Baraki, 40,000 places, and another in Douera in order to organize competitions on an African scale,“he enumerates.

But the priority of the Algerian government was also to respond to a housing crisis, recalls Mohamed Tarek Belaribi.

“Since 2020 until now, we have distributed 800,000 housing units,” specifies the Minister of Housing. “This allowed us to achieve an occupancy rate of approximately 4 citizens per dwelling and we are out of 3 million citizens who have been affected by this distribution of dwellings,” he continues. “I would say that we are no longer in the perspective of managing the crisis, we are in the process of responding to a request and that is why we have set out to build these new cities in Algeria, according to the instructions from His Excellency the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune,” he says.

“The new Algeria is now!”

And this is how he describes the Algerian cities of tomorrow. It is in this perspective that we are in the process of creating new satellite cities, new, technological cities, with different centers dedicated to health or leisure,” he said. “The new Algeria is being built, we are builders in all areas that relate to architecture, peace, humanity… Whoever wants to predict our future has only to see what ‘we are realizing at the moment: The new Algeria is now [ndlr : la nouvelle Algérie, c’est maintenant],“he underlines.

Finally, like a symbol of contemporary Algeria, the recently inaugurated Great Mosque of Algiers, whose tallest minaret in the world culminates at 265 meters, offers an unobstructed view of the progress of the country.

How entire cities are springing up in Algeria