Zanzibar announces construction of tallest skyscraper in sub-Saharan Africa

Construction will cost 1.1 billion euros. Zanzibar authorities have announced the construction of the tallest skyscraper in sub-Saharan Africa, at an estimated cost of 3000 billion Tanzanian shillings (1.1 billion euros), equivalent to more than 60% of the archipelago's annual budget.

The 70-story commercial tower, named Zanzibar Domino, will be built 15 kilometers from Stone Town, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, and will involve the creation of an artificial island and a marina for yachts and cruise ships.

The total cost of the work will be more than 3,000 billion Tanzanian shillings, a figure that exceeds 60% of the semi-autonomous archipelago's budget for 2021-2022, the Agence France-Presse reported.

On Tuesday, Zanzibar's Minister of State and Labor, Economy and Investment, Mudrik Ramadhan Soraga, told the media that the project will strengthen "the Government's efforts to attract more local and foreign investors to the islands."

The tower will house apartments, luxury hotels, a golf course, and a chapel for weddings, according to a statement from xCassia, the Tanzanian group AICL, and the Scottish firm Crowland Management, those involved in the project.

According to the founder of xCassia, Jean-Paul Cassia, quoted by Correio da Manhã, the building was sketched in Paris in 2009, and he dreamed of "building this project for more than a decade.

"It has all the ingredients of an icon that everyone will remember. It just needed a visionary investor and a suitable location to make it a reality," he added.

Upon completion, this will be the second tallest building in Africa, behind the Iconic Tower in Egypt, which will be completed next year and will be 80 stories high.

Currently, the tallest building on the continent is the 55-story Leonardo, located in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Famous for its turquoise waters and spice plantations, Zanzibar relies heavily on tourism, a sector hit hard by the covid-19 pandemic.

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