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Morocco launches construction of highest tower of Africa

Morocco has started construction work near Rabat of the “Mohammed VI Tower”, which will culminate at 250 meters and can claim the title of the tallest tower in Morocco and Africa. Located on the right bank of the Bouregreg river in Salé, near the capital of the kingdom, the building will be 55 storeys high and will be built on behalf of the BMCE Bank of Moroccan billionaire Othman Benjelloun. The project was announced in 2016, and since preliminary studies have been conducted, said Mr. Benjelloun before King Mohammed VI during an official ceremony.

The project was entrusted to a consortium made up of the Belgian manufacturer Besix, which notably participated in the construction of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Chinese company CRCCI and the Moroccan company TGCC.

The building, whose delivery date has not been communicated, should cost 4 Billion Dirhams (367 Million Euros), according to the projected budget.

Builders Besix and TGCC however said in mid-October that the “highest tower of Africa” ​​must be delivered in May 2022.

The building will house offices, residences, a hotel and an observatory on its top four floors.

The kingdom had launched a vast program called “Rabat, City of Light”, which provides for the realization of many projects on both banks of the Bouregreg, as the “Grand Theater” designed by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and the “House of arts and culture “.

Morocco currently has two skyscrapers, the Maroc Telecom Tower in Rabat (139 meters, including the antenna) and the twin towers Twin Center in Casablanca (115 meters).

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