Dubai-based developers to build Africa's tallest skyscraper in Casablanca
Reaching 540 metres into the Moroccan sky
The Dubai-based Middle East Development is currently in talks with Moroccan authorities on building a tower on a 25-hectare waterfront space in Casablanca's Anfa Financial City district – with its construction set to commence in June 2015.
The 114-floor Al Noor Tower (Tower of Light in Arabic) would measure 540 metres – the final height is meant to honour to the 54 countries that make up the African continent – with the mixed-use building set to house a seven-star luxury hotel, art gallery, spa, fine-dining restaurants, luxury boutiques, an exhibition centre and office space.
Designed by Valode & Pistre, the architects say its futuristic design was inspired by the look of a wedding dress and that its linear form resembles the nib of a fountain pen from the side view. The 540 metre building's sleek façade will even be imprinted with references to the 1,000 different languages and dialects spoken in the continent, "everyone in Africa will feel part of the tower".
Currently Casablanca's tallest building is the 115-metre-high Casablanca Twin Centre, while the minaret of the Hassan II mosque reaches 210 metres, while the world's tallest building, is Dubai's Burj Khalifa, measuring 828 metres.