Iconic Tower (Egypt)

The Iconic Tower is a skyscraper in the New Administrative Capital of Egypt. With a total structural height of 393.8 metres (1,292 ft), it is already the tallest building in Africa. It will have 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 65,000 m2 (700,000 sq ft).[4][5]

Iconic Tower
البرج الأيقوني
Record height
Tallest in Africa since 2021[I]
Preceded byThe Leonardo
General information
StatusStructurally topped out
Architectural stylePharaonic
LocationNew Administrative Capital, Egypt
Coordinates30°00′36″N 31°41′45″E / 30.0100818°N 31.6957747°E / 30.0100818; 31.6957747Coordinates: 30°00′36″N 31°41′45″E / 30.0100818°N 31.6957747°E / 30.0100818; 31.6957747
Construction started2019
Architectural1,292 ft (393.8 m)
Technical details
Floor count77
Floor area65,000 m2 (700,000 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.

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 393.8 metres (1,292 ft).[7] The tower is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. Upon completion, it will be the tallest building in Africa, overtaking The Leonardo in South Africa.[8]

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  1. ^ "New Administrative Capital's Iconic Tower to be highest in Africa at 400 meters". Egypt Independent.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Iconic Tower – The Skyscraper Center". The Skyscraper Center.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "10 information about "The Iconic Tower", the tallest tower in Africa, in the Administrative Capital". El Wattan News (in Arabic).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Administrative Capital's Tower | برج العاصمة الإدارية". AqarMap (in Arabic).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  6. ^ "Construction Begins on Iconic Tower". The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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.👉t.co/tqCPQ00sdh t.co/xHu7VyuEX7" (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.