Erbil to have a world-class skyscraper
Naza Tower will give tourists birds-eye view of Erbil City
Erbil is set to be the fifth city in Middle East with the tallest skyscraper, costing US$ 120 Million.
The Kurdish capital is set to become a tourist attraction, and the government is investing heavily in the city to retain its heritage, and make it tourist friendly. The 275 meter tall Naza Tower will give a different view of this luxurious city. A three-story mall building was brought down on a main street in the Kurdish capital of Erbil to build the country’s tallest skyscraper, which is expected to make Erbil the fifth city in Middle East with tallest skyscraper.
The tower will have 65 floors built on a 32 thou- sand square meters plot of land. The overall height of the tower will be 275 meters. The project, which is now under construction, is a joint venture between the owner of the previous building of Naza Mall, Haji Shahab Nuraddin, and the owner of Kirmanj Company, Sabah Nuri.
“Naza Tower will be a unique attraction for tourists who want to see Erbil from its highest point,” said Nuri explaining the tourism value of the project. “In addition to creating many business opportunities, hundreds of job openings both during and after construction, this tower will give Erbil another tourist and trade meaning.” Engineer Nuri stated in an interview with the Kurdish Globe that the total investment for the project is US$ 120 million.
“The tower will have 400 apartments and office spaces,” Nuri told the Globe. “The three lower floors of the building will be allocated for restaurants, cafes and shops. Moreover, according to Eng. Nuri, the project also includes a parking lot with a capacity of 1000 cars. Naza Tower is currently under construction, and is estimated to take at least three years of construction work. The UAE based OGH Design and Consultancy Company has designed the project, and the local Raha Design Company has designed the civil parts of the project.
Firaz Ahmed, the project’s civil engineer, argues that the design of the tower is not copied from that of any other towers in the world, and that it is a unique design. Eng. Ahmed explained that although they have been asked to copy the design of a tower in another country, they refused to do so. “After visiting many countries including Turkey, Britain, Lebanon, Emirates and Iran we decided to make use of their ideas but to create something unique for Kurdistan,” Eng Ahmed told the Globe.
According to this engineer, the tallest building in Turkey is 60 stories, in Iran 52, in Lebanon 54, while Naza Tower, with its 65 stories, will be the tallest among these countries. If completed, the tower will also be in the list of top 240 to 250 tallest towers of the world.