Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- King Mohammed VI gave the kick off, last Thursday in Rabat, of the construction works of a 54-stories/55-floors tower, one that will be Africa’s tallest tower upon its completion.
The Moroccan monarch laid the foundations of this tower 2 years ago (illustration photo above), but back-then it was planned that the tower would only have 45 floors, as relayed back-then by Morocco’s state agency La MAP.
The 54-stories high building is said to represent the African identity as the number 54 represents all African countries officially recognized by the United Nations.
The tower will be located on the right bank of the Bouregreg river in Rabat and will be 250m high, with one third of its total surface covered with photovoltaic panels to meet its needs of electricity.
The tower is financed by the Moroccan Bank of Foreign Trade (known under its French acronym BMCE). It will be build on a plot of 3 hectares.
BMCE Bank said in a statement that construction works will wind up on May 30, 2022.
In its ground floor, the prospective tower will house a 350-seat auditorium, a couple of restaurants and shops.
In the first 12 floors, it will house offices for SMEs (Small and Medium size Enterprises).
The 13th to 26th floors will be reserved to residential houses, while a luxury hotel will be built on the upper floors.
The top four floors will be reserved for apartments of a very high quality standard.
Building the tower will require an estimated budget of around DHs 3 billion.
SIXCO (Six Construct), the same company that contracted the Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s tallest man-made structure was contracted to build the tower, including other corporations like China’s Railway Construction Corporation International (CRCCI), among others.
The Moroccan Times.