MOROCCO TO BECOME HOME TO AFRICA’S TALLEST SKYSCRAPER
A new project will begin this year to build Africa’s tallest building, a 540 metre high skyscraper in Morocco. The building will be a 114 storey tower situated in Casablanca, and it will be more than twice the height of the current record holder on the continent, the 223 metre high Carlton Centre in Johannesburg. The project is expected to take three years to complete, with the work finishing some time in 2018. Middle East Development LLC, the Dubai-based company owned by Saudi businessman Sheikh Tarek bin Laden, is behind the project, and it is estimated to cost $1 billion to put together. According to news agency AFP, the skyscraper has a working title of ‘Al-Noor Tower’, translating to ‘Tower of Light’; however, it will eventually be named after King Mohamed VI. Project manager Amede Santalo said, ‘We chose Morocco because it is the gateway to Africa and Europe, a modern country and politically stable’.