Learn with us about the tallest tower in Africa, where it is located, what its height is, how it was divided, and whether it is taller than the Burj Khalifa or not. You can find a lot of information in detail in this report about the highest towers in Africa.
The towers in Africa vary and differ according to their locations and lengths, where we find that some of them are so tall and large that they are very attractive, which led to the attraction of tourism from different parts of the world.
The towers increased the beauty and splendor of the areas, and also had a major role in the employment of the population, as huge companies and contracting companies adopted the most brilliant engineers and workers in the construction of these high-rise buildings and towers.
Over the large area, the towers differ in their lengths from each other.
The tallest tower in Africa
The iconic tower in Egypt
After three years of work, the tallest tower in Africa has risen in Egypt, 45 kilometers east of the Nile and central Cairo.
The concrete structure of the 385-meter-high iconic tower was completed in June, and the steel structure is expected to be completed in August. The completed building is scheduled to be ready in the first quarter of 2022.
It will be a hub between 20 towers in the Central Business District (CBD) of the New Administrative Capital, a mega project launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in 2015.
“It is a whole new era for the city of Egypt, which is entering into skyscrapers and large and high-rise buildings,” says Ahmed Al-Banna, who is the project manager of the central business district of Dar Al-Handasah, and is also the designer and consultant supervising the project.
The iconic tower itself will be a symbol and a brand for the new capital, and it is considered one of the tallest towers in Africa that will show the seriousness of the government and the president to have a new capital with all the facilities.”
What is there in the new administrative capital in Egypt?
The new administrative capital – roughly the size of Singapore – is designed as a high-tech, environmentally friendly city that includes a presidential complex, government ministries, offices, hotels, retail outlets, residential areas, sports facilities, schools and universities, a monorail, a giant park and a 35-kilometer green river.
The main goal of the $45 billion project is to relieve congestion in Cairo, which is one of the world’s most congested cities with a population of about 20 million, as well as create jobs and boost the economy.
The relocation of civil servants will begin in July, and the official opening is scheduled for the end of this year, although the first of the three phases has not yet been completed.
What is in the Central Business District?
The Central Business District is being built by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) with a $3.5 billion loan from China.
“The goal is for this to be a commercial center for the whole of Egypt,” Khaled El-Husseini, a spokesman for the new administrative capital, told The National.
According to Al-Banna, the budget for an area of 81 hectares has now reached $3.85 billion.
The Green River flows through the capital’s park in the center of the district. There will also be two crescent-shaped buildings that will house branded apartments and retail outlets.
In addition to the iconic tower, the 20 towers being built include 12 office buildings, five apartment buildings, and two hotels.
Concrete work on the office towers has been completed and facade works are 70 per cent complete, while structural work for the residential and hotel buildings is still in progress.
The apartment buildings will also be delivered in 2022, but the iconic tower and two hotels will only be fully operational by the first quarter of 2023.
What will be the shape of the tallest tower in Africa?
Dar Al-Handasah, an architectural firm established in Beirut in 1956 with a major design center in Cairo, began work on the iconic tower in May 2018, and construction began in 2019.
The project is being implemented jointly by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities and CSCEC, one of the world’s largest contracting companies with revenues of about 1.62 trillion yuan ($250 billion) in 2020.
The iconic tower is built on an area of 65,000 square meters – about half the height of Burj Khalifa – with 78 floors and two basements.
The first 40 floors will also be offices, 10 of them will be apartments and 30 will be part of a five-star hotel.
There will be an observation deck on the 74th floor, where visitors can see the new capital from at least 360 meters off the ground.
By comparison, the Cairo Tower is 187 meters high, the former tallest building in Egypt and North Africa. Elsewhere, the previous holder of Africa’s tallest building was the 234-meter Leonardo Hotel, a 55-storey mixed-use real estate development in Johannesburg, South Africa.
What about the tower that was supposed to be taller than the Burj Khalifa?
Oblisco Capitale, a kilometer-tall tower in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, was introduced as a concept for the new capital, but it never came to fruition.
Ehab Mokhtar, Managing Director and Chief Designer at Idia Design, designed the tower at the request of El Nasr Housing and Development in 2017.
The visionary behind the project was Syed Tuba, who is the CEO as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the construction company, but he has since passed away.
The investment capital required was also quite a challenge, and the Iconic Tower continued in the meantime.
Mukhtar said: To build two towers at the same time is illogical and unusual for many of the stakeholders and those who work in them, and therefore they decided to put this project aside for another time.
Although the project has been stalled, Mokhtar stated that he hopes the time-honored architecture, which is drawn from both Pharaonic and Art Deco styles, will inspire others.
The central business district, he said, is “closer to Dubai, which is a good thing. But at the end of the day, it is the new capital of the city of Egypt, and Egypt is the source of inspiration for a lot of things, so we must have something that shows our identity.”
The ten tallest towers in Africa
Here is a list of the tallest towers in Africa now:
- The iconic tower
- Carlton Center
- Pritam Kenya Tower
- The headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia
- Nairobi World Trade Office Tower
- Ponte City Apartment, South Africa
- NECOM House
- Tanzania Ports Authority Tower