The Iconic Tower is a supertall skyscraper in the New Administrative Capital of Egypt. With a total structural height of almost 400 metres (1,300 ft), it is the tallest building in Africa. It has 77 floors, mostly for office use, and is one of 20 towers being built as part of the central business district in the new capital city.[1][2][3] The total area of the tower exceeds 265,000 m2 (2,850,000 sq ft).[4][5]

The Iconic Tower
البرج الأيقوني
Record height
Tallest in Africa since 2021[I]
Preceded byDjamaa el Djazaïr
General information
Architectural styleEgyptian and modern
LocationNew Administrative Capital, Egypt
Coordinates30°00′47″N 31°41′38″E / 30.013110306771008°N 31.693846666044283°E / 30.013110306771008; 31.693846666044283
Construction started2019
Architectural1,293 ft (394 m)
Technical details
Floor count79
Floor area265,000 m2 (2,850,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners
DeveloperCSCE Corporation



Construction of the Iconic Tower officially began in May 2018. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly visited the construction site to attend a ceremony that marked the start of concrete pouring operations on the foundations in 2019. China State Construction Engineering is the main contractor for the project, which employs over 5,000 workers.[citation needed]

The tower project's architect of record is Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners. The overall plan for the new Cairo development project, led by the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, includes 20 high-rises in the complex surrounding Iconic Tower.[6]

It was planned and inspired by the shape of a pharaonic obelisk, with the glass exterior representing the Egyptian god Amun’s Shuti crown.

Iconic tower from below

In July 2021, all structural concrete work was completed for the tower and on 24 August 2021, the tower topped out at its full height of 394 metres (1,293 ft).[7] Upon completion, it will be the tallest building in Africa, overtaking the Great Mosque of Algiers Tower in Algeria.[8]

See also



  1. ^ "New Administrative Capital's Iconic Tower to be highest in Africa at 400 meters". Egypt Independent. 6 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Iconic Tower – The Skyscraper Center". The Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ "10 information about "The Iconic Tower", the tallest tower in Africa, in the Administrative Capital". El Wattan News (in Arabic). 29 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Administrative Capital's Tower | برج العاصمة الإدارية". AqarMap (in Arabic). 6 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Tallest skyscraper in Africa topped out in Egypt's new capital - Daily News Egypt".
  6. ^ "Construction Begins on Iconic Tower". The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
  7. ^ CSCEC EGYPT [@CSCEC_EGYPT] (26 August 2021). "On August 24, the tallest building in #Africa, the #IconicTower, completed its roof-sealing when the last section of steel components was lifted to the top. After 646 days, the #construction plan of three days per floor was completed as scheduled.👉" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 27 August 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Nkirote, Miriam (7 February 2022). "The Iconic Tower". Construction Kenya. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
Preceded by Tallest building in Africa
394 m (1,292 ft)

2023 – present
Preceded by Building in Africa with the most floors

2023 – present
Preceded by Tallest building in Egypt
394 m (1,292 ft)

2023 – present
New title Tallest building in the New Administrative Capital
394 m (1,292 ft)

2023 – present
Preceded by
Chimney of Secunda CTL
Tallest free-standing structure in Africa
394 m (1,292 ft)

2023 – present
Preceded by Tallest structure in Egypt
394 m (1,292 ft)

2023 – present