Egypt plans new pyramid skyscraper

Zayed Crystal Spark is a 49-storey, 200m-tall skyscraper composed of two pyramids, proposed for Eqypt's new Sheikh Zayed City development

Zayed Crystal Tower will dwarf the pyramids of Giza.
Zayed Crystal Tower will dwarf the pyramids of Giza.

Plans for a Cairo skyscraper modelled on Egypt’s most famous historic monuments have been put forward by the country’s government

The 200 -metre high-rise is designed to resemble the ancient pyramids and is proposed for the Sheikh Zayed City development.

The name of the architect involved and the cost of the project have not yet been revealed, but Moustafa Madbouly, Egypt’s minister of housing, said it would be built through a partnership between real estate developers and the government’s New Urban Communities Authority..

The government will formally present the project at an economic development conference later this month – an event being held to boost investment for the country’s economy.

“It is an administrative, commercial and entertainment project as it includes buildings for various purposes, in addition to the unique 200-metre tower,” Madboly told local media.

The structure will also be surrounded by water features and greenery on a 190-hectare site overlooking the July 26 road, about 30 minutes drive from the historic pyramids of Giza. It will be taller than the 138-metre-high Great Pyramid – the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one still in existence.

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