Er­bil to have a world-class sky­scraper

Naza Tower will give tourists birds-eye view of Er­bil City

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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