Iconic Tower Vs Burj Khalifa

Iconic Tower Vs Burj Khalifa


The tallest tower in Africa, which is the Iconic Tower in the New Administrative Capital, will be inaugurated during the coming months. It will be the second tallest in the Middle East; It is preceded by the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Therefore, we will take you on a quick tour of both towers to know more about the details and secrets of each tower and provide a comparison between them.


Details about the Iconic Tower

The Iconic tower is one of the projects that will be opened soon in the New Administrative Capital. It will be an architectural masterpiece and an integrated building of services. It is considered a distinctive tourist attraction and one of Egypt’s tourist attractions in modern history.


Design of the Iconic tower 

The Iconic Tower was designed in the inspiration of ancient Egyptian architecture and decorative art. The tower mimics the shape of the famous pharaonic obelisk in terms of proportions and dimensions, which are considered one of the important symbols of the ancient Egyptian civilization. 

To complete the Egyptian shape of the tower, the channels that connect the corners of the project with the surface of the earth are like the artery of the Nile River, and the façade of the tower is similar to the design of the lotus flower, which had the meaning of preserving the environment in the Pharaonic era. Air vents were also used that rotate according to the inclination of the sun to lower the temperature throughout the day. This idea is inspired by Art Deco, an ancient French decorative art.


Total Area of ​​the Iconic Tower

The area of ​​the iconic tower is 240,000 square meters, while the total area of ​​the project is 7,000,000 square meters.


Height of the Iconic Tower on the New Administrative Capital Tower

The Iconic Tower is about 400 meters long, and rises to 80 floors, and it will be highlighted as the tallest tower in the continent of Africa instead of the Carlton Center Tower in Johannesburg.


Sections and Composition of the Iconic Tower

The Iconic Tower is divided into three sections. The first is for buildings and administrative units, which include more than one government building, such as the Central Bank and the Egyptian Stock Exchange and the commercial units , in addition to the Opera House. The second section is devoted to residential units, and the third section includes a 6-star hotel group.


The Real Estate Developer of Iconic Tower in the New Administrative Capital

The famous Chinese company, CESC, is the executor responsible for the iconic tower project in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Housing and the Urban Communities Authority. This Chinese company is one of the most important and famous companies in the field of construction and contracting in the world, and is responsible for about 90% of the projects of skyscrapers in China.


Its Year of Construction

The work on the iconic tower project began in 2018, and its construction is scheduled to be completed on January 3, 2022.


Total Cost of the Project

The cost of building the iconic tower and its facilities exceeded $3 billion, and 5,000 workers and 1,600 engineers participated in the implementation of this huge project.


Location of the Iconic Tower and Its Surrounding Facilities

The Iconic Tower is located in the heart of the New Administrative Capital in a very distinct area, which is the Financial and Business District. The tower lies in the middle of many prominent landmarks in the new capital, as it overlooks the central park, which is one of the largest parks in the world. It will also include a large entertainment area, with an area of ​​about 1,000 feddans. 

The tower is also located near the most important facilities such as the Al-Fattah Al-Alim Mosque, the Cathedral, and the residential complex.

It is called the iconic tower because it will be an architectural and tourist icon not only for the Administrative Capital, but for Egypt in general.


Quick Facts about the Iconic Tower

  • 5,000 workers and 1,600 engineers participated in the construction of the Iconic Tower
  • The Iconic Tower is considered the tallest on the continent of Africa
  • The completion of one floor in this tower takes 6 continuous working days, and work has started on it since 2018 and is scheduled to be opened in 2022
  • The iconic tower has been higher than the Cairo Tower in 2020


Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE


Details about Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is one of the tourist attractions that characterized Dubai and the entire Arab world in the modern era. For a long time, it was the tallest tower in the world. It is also a tourist destination not only for the inhabitants of the Arab world, but for the whole world because of the commercial, entertainment and tourism services it provides at the highest level.


Design of Burj Khalifa 

The design of the Burj Khalifa is inspired by the shape of a famous desert flower called (Heiminokalhis) in the form of three basic parts like a triangle and they are all clustered around one center, and the building takes the shape of the letter Y. As for the bulbous shape in the tower, the designer was inspired by Islamic architecture where the domes used to take the same shape.

The area in the Burj Khalifa increases with increasing height, and this is a great engineering idea to reduce the influence of winds to stabilize the building. The tower is distinguished by its glass façade, which makes it a luxurious and upscale appearance.


Total Area of Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa has an area of ​​about 5 million square meters.


Height of Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is 828 meters high and was considered the tallest building in the world, but it won’t be because the Dubai Creek Tower, which will open in 2022, will be the tallest in the world.


Partition and Composition of Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is divided into three main sections, in addition to other facilities. There is a section for apartments with a total of 900 apartments. Another section is for corporates, which includes many of the headquarters of major companies spread over 37 floors. There is an entire section of the Armenian Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa. 

The other facilities are distributed among the car parks, swimming pools, a club, and a library for the residents of the tower. In addition to the famous restaurant “Atmosphere” on the 12th floor. There is also a complete spa for an Armenian hotel on the third floor.


The Real Estate Developer of Burj Khalifa

The Emirati Emaar Company, known for its expertise in the field of construction and real estate investment, is responsible for building the Burj Khalifa and is still managing it until now.


Its Year of Construction

Burj Khalifa was inaugurated on January 4, 2010 with a legendary party that included the famous dancing fountain show in front of the tower to the tunes of music and fireworks display. This concert succeeded in marketing the tower in a wonderful way.


Total Cost of the Project

The cost of building the Burj Khalifa in the UAE has reached $1.5 million, equivalent to 6 million dirhams.


Location of Burj Khalifa and Its Surrounding Facilities

Burj Khalifa is located in a strategic location in the heart of Dubai in the Downtown area, with a wonderful view of the Dubai Dancing Fountain and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.

The tower is surrounded by distinctive tourist attractions in Dubai, such as: Souk Al Bahar, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Opera. In addition to many restaurants, cafes and commercial markets located near the tower.


The Reason Behind Its Name

At first it was called (Burj Dubai), but then the name was changed to Burj Khalifa in honor of the President of Abu Dhabi Emirate Sheikh (Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan).


Quick Facts about Burj Khalifa

  • Burj Khalifa has been built by more than 380 engineers and construction workers
  • It took 6 years to build, as work began on it in 2004 and it was inaugurated in 2010
  • Burj Khalifa was designed by the famous architect (Adrian Smith), who designed the most famous buildings in the world, including the Donald Trump Hotel in America.
  • It is the tallest building in human history, and it also houses the tallest library in the world, on the 123rd floor
  • Burj Khalifa is surrounded by 18 different areas, each with different scents, for an unforgettable visitor experience

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