Construction to start on Morocco's record-breaking skyscraper

Work on what will be Morocco's tallest skyscraper will start on Thursday in the capital of Rabat.The ...

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 5:52 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2018 5:52 PM

Work on what will be Morocco's tallest skyscraper will start on Thursday in the capital of Rabat.

The Bank of Africa tower will stand at 820 feet tall (250 meters), and become the second-highest skyscraper on the continent behind The Pinnacle, which is under construction in Nairobi, Kenya.


Buildings and structures

Business, economy and trade

Company activities and management

Continents and regions

Middle East and North Africa


Northern Africa

Points of interest

Product development

Product innovation

Product management


The Pinnacle will reach 984 feet and is due to be finished in December 2019, overtaking the previous record held by the 732-feet Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rising to 55 floors, Morocco's Bank of Africa tower will host a luxury hotel, apartments, office space and a viewing terrace at the top. It is due to be completed on May 30, 2022.

The new skyscraper was designed by architects Rafael de la Hoz and Hakim Benjelloun, and is being built by construction firms BESIX Group and Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC).

"The Bank of Africa tower will be an emblematic building for the country," says Rik Vandenberghe, chief executive of BESIX Group.

Morocco's BMCE Bank is believed to have spent 3 billion Moroccan dirham (around $314 million) on the project.

BESIX has worked on other state-of-the-art projects in Africa and the Middle East, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama, Bahrain.

The building process will also be supported by China Railway Construction Corporation International.

The tower is at the center of a wider Bouregreg Valley Development project, part of Rabat's modernization program called Rabat Ville Lumière, Capitale Marocaine de la Culture (Rabat, City of Light, Moroccan Capital of Culture).

This includes other major urban developments, including the Maison des Arts et de la Culture (House of Arts and Culture) and Le Grand Théâtre de Rabat.

Article Comments

Mason City
11° wxIcon
Hi: 18° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: -1°
Albert Lea
10° wxIcon
Hi: 17° Lo: 12°
Feels Like: 1°
12° wxIcon
Hi: 17° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 12°
Charles City
10° wxIcon
Hi: 16° Lo: 11°
Feels Like: 2°
Hi: 15° Lo: 10°
Feels Like: -3°
Record cold possible for Tuesday morning
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


Flooding in Albert Lea


School improvements made


Getting funding for minnesota public schools


More farmers across the country are needing propane


Propane delivery problems are hurting farmers


lime scooters


St. Ansgar preps for state semis


JM Students give back to Veterans


Habitat for Humanity - North Iowa Family getting a home


Propane Shortages affect businesses

Community Events