Morocco is poised to begin testing a new roof covering, including a shiplapping wall panel, for its capital city, Algier, officials said Tuesday.
The panels, which could cost as much as US$20,000 per square meter, are being installed on top of the city’s existing roofs, said Mohammad Ali el-Obeidi, a deputy minister in the Interior Ministry.
He said they would be installed next year on the outskirts of the capital, as part of a project to modernize the country’s capital and other cities.
The roofing was developed by an Egyptian-based company that has offices in Algiere.
It was tested in the country in 2015, and was also tested in Egypt in 2015.
It can withstand heavy rain and snowfall, which are frequent in the Moroccan desert.