MOROCCO TO BE­COME HOME TO AFRICA’S TALLEST SKY­SCRAPER

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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’.

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