Egypt, Cairo, Iconic Tower, Africa construction, North Africa, Development in Egypt

Construction to begin on Iconic Tower in Egypt, Africa's tallest building

According to Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, foundations for a 385m-tall tower in Egypt's new administrative capital will be poured within days. 

One of several Dubai-style mega-projects being built in Egypt, Iconic Tower is expected to be the continent's tallest building once completed -- although several other taller buildings have been proposed elsewhere in Africa. 

The plan for the new Cairo development, which is being built by multiple Egyptian construction companies in collaboration with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), shows the site could eventually have 20 skyscrapers. 

According to a report released by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and The National, Madbouly said the concrete foundations for the tower would be poured continuously over 80 hours. Further building works will begin in March.

The new administrative capital is 45km east of Cairo, and is among several mega-projects launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi since 2014. The development plans are part of a larger effort to stimulate the local economy. 

The three-phase project aims to transform a 700km2 area of desert into a network of commercial centres, residential buildings and hotels, as well as government buildings and company headquarters.