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Bordj El Kiffan

Bordj El Kifan
برج الكيفان
Skyline of Bordj El Kifan
Bordj El Kifan is located in Algeria
Bordj El Kifan
Bordj El Kifan
Country Algeria
Province Algiers
 • Total 21.69 km2 (8.37 sq mi)
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 151,950
 • Density 7,000/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zone West Africa Time (UTC+1)
Postal code 16411

Bordj El Kiffan (Arabic 'برج الكيفان') is a suburb of the city of Algiers in northern Algeria. It is in the eastern section of the city, near Matares Beach.

Named Fort de l'Eau (Fr. 'Water Fortress') under French rule prior to 1962, used to be a famous beach resort within the Bay of Algiers, complete with luxury hotels and a casino. Many references can still be found under its old name (Nov 2009 google stats: 430,000 hits for 'Fort de l'Eau Alger', 39,700 hits for 'Bordj el Kiffan', 22,200 hits for 'برج الكيفان')

Pollution from urbanization, nearby industrialization, and untreated sewage affected the status, and the beach was no longer popular since the late 1970s. The urban location, however, preserved some of its former recreational status.

Today situated directly north (i.e. towards the Mediterranean sea) of the close-by Algiers' Houari Boumedienne international airport, with direct highway connection from the capital.


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