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It's getting the name of the king. Most of the times if something in Morocco is related to the king then it's a serious project. At least I hope so. They say they have the intention to start building at the beginning of 2015 if the Moroccan government allows them. The Moroccan government is planning to have a free trade agreement with the gulf countries. For that reason many gulf investors have showed interest in Morocco lately.
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Al Noor Tower in Morocco

Sheikh Tarek M. Binladen as planed to start Al Noor Tower project in Morocco. We are studying the Anfa Financial City to be one of our target places to build the tower. If we reach an agreement soon, we are planning to start the project in the first semester of 2015.

We hope that His Majesty the King, Mohammed VI, King of Morocco will like the project. It will be a great honor if His Majesty would like to put His name on what we don't call anymore a tower but a symbol and a landmark for all Africa, for all the world (see below our movie).

We beleive that this beautiful project will inspire all Africain developers to build landmarks everywhere to creates employment and properity to improve Africains population standard of living.
http://www.alnoortower.com/#!morocco/ckr0

The tower will be localisated in Anfa District a new urban area at the place of old Anfa Airport.

In this district, there is CFC : Casablanca Finance City, a free zone area for companies wanted to established african headquaters.

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While developed countries are witnessing an economic slowdown, the African continent continues to stand out as a major source of global growth. Casablanca Finance City (CFC,) which is fully aware of the continent’s huge assets, undertakes to support and sustain Africa’s development and growth through draining foreign investment to the continent.

Casablanca Finance City, nurtured by a national ambition to position the Moroccan finance at the fore regional and international levels, is intended to be a financial center that furthers the development of Africa, and specifically the development of the countries of North, West and Central Africa.

In this perspective, Casablanca Finance City means to be an economic and financial hub and a bridging platform between the north and the south. It seeks to attract and encourage international institutions and investors to invest and operate in North, West and Central Africa and to choose Casablanca as a gateway to access this region.

CFC intends to build an all-encompassing ecosystem evolving around three business categories: financial companies, professional services providers and regional or international headquarters of multinationals.
http://www.casablancafinancecity.com/en/content/presentation

Severals towers are already planned, including a complex with 200m tower.


CASABLANCA (Anfa-CFC) | FinanceCom Complex | 199 m | ?? fl | 100.000 m² | 1,8 MMDH | 2016 | #Approved

Still waiting for final design, originals towers were 140m





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Saudi to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Morocco​

AFP, Rabat
Friday, 12 December 2014

A Saudi investor is to build Africa’s tallest building in Morocco, with construction of the 114-storey tower to begin in June, the project’s manager said on Friday.

The skyscraper in Casablanca will be 540 meters (1,782 feet) high, taller than the 223-meter Carlton Centre in Johannesburg which currently holds the title for tallest building on the continent.

“It will be Africa’s highest tower,” project manager Amede Santalo said.

It will be built by the Dubai-based Middle East Development LLC, owned by Saudi businessman Sheikh Tarek Binladen, and will cost an estimated $1 billion (800 million euros), he added.

The project’s working title is the “Al-Noor Tower” (Tower of Light in Arabic), but it is expected eventually to be named after King Mohamed VI.

“We chose Morocco because it is the gateway to Africa and Europe, a modern country and politically stable,” Santalo told AFP.

The tower is due for completion in June 2018.

“The height of the tower is 540 meters to remind us that Africa has 54 countries. Everyone in Africa will feel part of that tower,”
the project’s website says.

It will have 114 floors - the number of surahs or chapters in the Quran - and the facade will be covered by patterns representing Africa’s 1,000 languages.

It will be built on a 25-hectare (61.77-acre) plot and will include a seven-star hotel, a business center and a shopping mall.

Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial hub, already hosts the world’s tallest minaret at 210 meters, at the Hassan II mosque.

The world’s tallest tower is in Dubai, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, which opened in January 2010.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/bus...-Africa-s-tallest-skyscraper-in-Morocco-.html
 

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Dubai-Based Company to Build $1 Billion Skyscraper in Morocco



A Dubai-based company, owned by Saudi businessman Sheikh Tarek Binladen, is to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Morocco.

The 540-meter skyscraper, which will be built in Casablanca, is over twice the height of the current tallest tower in Africa, the 223-meter Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.

“It will be Africa’s highest tower,” project manager Amede Santalo told AFP.

Dubai-based Middle East Development LLC will construct the 114-story building, estimated to cost $1 billion, according to Santalo.

AFP reports that the tower has a working title of “Al-Noor Tower” - Tower of Light in Arabic – but that it will eventually be named after King Mohamed VI.

“We chose Morocco because it is the gateway to Africa and Europe, a modern country, and politically stable,” Santalo told AFP.

Work on the tower is due to begin in June 2015, with an expected completion date of June 2018.

According to the project’s website, the design of Al Noor Tower is aimed at giving the feeling of a wedding dress.

“The height of 540 meters to remind us that Africa has 54 countries. Everyone in Africa will feel part of that tower,” says the website.

The 114-floor count is also significant – it alludes to the number of chapters in the Koran, while the façade of the building will be covered by patterns representing Africa’s 1,000 languages.

The building will include a seven-star hotel, a business center, and a shopping mall.

http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/Article/2334/language/en-US/view.aspx#!
 

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Wow, bien joué Casablanca. Vous allez atteindre une autre niveau avec ce batiment.
 

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Work on Africa's tallest tower to be started by Dubai firm



The construction of Africa's tallest tower will be carried out by Dubai based Middle East Development, later this year.

The 540 meter, Al Noor Tower will be located in Casablanca, Morocco and will cover a total area of 335,000 square meters. The project is valued at USD 1 billion and is expected to be completed in 2 to 3 years.

The tower will have 114 storeys and will feature a number of offices, apartments, a seven star luxury hotel, an art gallery and an arcade of shops.

In addition, French based Valode and Pistre have been awarded the design contract and ground breaking for this project is expected to take place in June 2015.


https://www.bncnetwork.net/News/Wor...ower_to_be_started_by_Dubai_firm/FvwF02xgyoc=
 

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Construction of Casablanca's Al Noor Tower to Start in June



Construction of the $1 billion, 540-meter Al Noor Tower Morocco in Casablanca is tentatively planned to commence in June, bringing the prospect for superseding South Africa’s 223-meter Carlton Centre in Johannesburg as the tallest building in Africa.

However, project manager Amedee Santalo says the developer, Middle East Development LLC, has yet to put final touches on a deal with the Moroccan government, and with the tower being such a huge project, “it is difficult to be very precise in the timing—but up to today our target is June 2015.”

Dubai-based Middle East Development LLC, a company associated with Saudi Arabian business tycoon Sheikh Tarek Binladen, is both developer and builder. Binladen, who has also been actively involved in infrastructure development for more than 40 years, says he came up with the concept ten years ago. The architect is Paris-based Valode & Pistre, a French firm operated by Denis Valode and Jean Pistre.

Al Noor Tower Morocco will rise 114 stories, according to the project’s website, which says the facility's role is not merely to be a beautiful tower, but also to stimulate the Moroccan economy.

Santalo says Morocco was picked because “it is the door of Africa to Europe and is a modern and well-developed country in Africa, and politically very stable.” He adds that the building’s design “is elegant and gives the feeling of a wedding dress.” Its 114 floors correspond to the number of chapters in the Quran, Santalo says.

Constructed on a 25-hectare site, the building will host a seven-star hotel and spa, business center, conference hall, luxury shopping area, safe-storage area, luxury offices, restaurants and coffee shops. According to the project literature, the 2,000-square-meter spa will not only serve relaxation purposes, but will also be used for high-level medical treatment.

http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/Article/2584/language/en-US/view.aspx#!
http://www.marocgazette.com/story-z1836216
 

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This tower looks amazing will be huge boost for Africa in The Global Skyscraper race. i Really like the top and the skybar/restaurant solution.

and also having such a tall tower close to the sea is nice. and They couldn't have picked a better country in Africa to do it in.
 
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