The Saddam mosque is under construction and will be completed by 2015. The building is 830 feet across and occupies 11 acres. If completed, it will be the largest in the world.
The skeleton of the Saddam mosque was already up by 2003. When completed, the structure was to be a replica of the Umm al-Ma’arik mosque, but five times larger and will thus be the third biggest in the world after those of Mecca and Medina. The Saddam mosque was being built on the land previously occupied by the old airport of Baghdad. Construction on that site reportedly began in 1998.