The Algerian manager of Algiers’ Medina project – a project that is transforming the city into a cosmopolitan hub reminiscent of Dubai – is young, fashionable and hopes her ambition will ripple into other opportunities for Algerian businesswomen.
“In my country it is difficult to rise in a business world made by men for men. But this has only strengthened my resolve and my desire to succeed,” she has said.
Her project is a billion-dollar real estate development on the seafront of eastern Algiers. She attended President Obama’s entrepreneurs’ last spring, a long way for a girl from a mountain family of eight children.
She began her push at Air Algerie, medical association l’Ordre des Médecins, and construction company Arabian General Engineering before landing Medina, which will house multinational hotels, residential towers, shopping malls and tourist facilities. “The future of Algeria is in the hands of private companies because they alone have the ability to create wealth,” she has said.title