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Africa’s tallest tower structure ready

Egypt has announced the completion of the concrete work at the 400-m Iconic Tower located in the New Administrative Capital (NAC), east of Cairo, according to a report.

Said to be the tallest tower in Africa, the 80-floor project covers an area of 65,000 sq m, reported Arab News.

The task of constructing this tower was assigned by New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) to the China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC), which will operate under the design and supervision of Dar Al Handasah. Work was carried out in three phases, stated the report, citing a Dar Al Handasah official.

“The construction took 800 non-stop working days and the pandemic did not halt the work,” said Ahmed Al Banna, the Project Manager.


Madayn to set up township

Oman’s Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) has announced that its board has approved new projects for Sur Industrial City. These include setting up of a township for the integrated workforce by the private sector.

It also won board approval for a shipyard project which will also house a factory for modern fishing vessels along with a ship maintenance facility and repair centre, among other related services.

According to Madayn, these new projects will get special incentives that were announced earlier this year including a two-year exemption from rental rates followed by a 50 per cent reduction in the rental value for a period of three years.


Quartz stone project for Sohar

Omani business house Khimji Ramdas and top Indian marble and granite surfaces manufacturer Madhav Ashok Ventures Private Limited (MAVPL) have announced the successful commercial launch of their new engineered quartz stone products manufacturing plant at Sohar.

The Omani plant set up, Madhav Surfaces, began its commercial production last month after a trial run of its plant and machinery, reported Oman Observer.

“With the start of this project, we will now be able to cater to demand for engineered stone in the US, European and Middle East markets,” the Indian company said.

The announcement comes nearly 18 months after Sohar Port and Freezone signed a land lease agreement with the JV partners covering a 20,000-sq-m site for the establishment of the quartz stone manufacturing plant within the free zone.