The Straits Times
Published on Oct 29, 2012

Saudis to build major Islamic centre in Afghanistan


KABUL (AFP) - Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic centre complete with a university and a mosque in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister said on Monday, describing the project as "grand and unique".

Estimated to cost up to US$100 million (S$122 million), the centre on a hilltop in central Kabul will house up to 5,000 students, Mr Dayi-Ul Haq Abed, the acting Hajj and religious affairs minister told AFP.

It will be named after Saudi King Abdullah, the minister added.

"The agreement was signed last week in Jeddah. The construction will start next year, in couple of months or so," Mr Abed said.