Lafarge Iraq lays foundations of new communities
Iraq faces a shortage of affordable, quality housing – nowhere more than in Baghdad, which is already severely overcrowded. To alleviate this pressure the national government has embarked on an ambitious plan to build Besmaya City, the largest housing project in the Middle East. Located ten kilometers southeast of Baghdad, Besmaya City is spread over a total area of 1,830 hectares and aims to accommodate around 500,000 occupants in a total of 100,000 residential units. In addition to housing, the project encompasses community infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.
Lafarge Iraq is the main supplier of cement to the Besmaya City project, to which we have already delivered 180,000 tonnes of cement as of the end of 2018.