I was pretty fascinated reading this post and being in Morocco. I showed it to my Moroccan friend and he was equally intrigued.
During World War II, Anfa Airport was taken over by the Vichy French government and used as an airport as well as an air base for the Vichy French Air Force with its limited aircraft allowed by the armistice with Nazi Germany. It was also used by Deutsche Lufthansa and German military transports and was depicted in the fictional 1942 film Casablanca. (source)
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, why do they have to build the Casablanca Tower of Light precisely at latitude 33°33’33.33″N? The Tower of Light is 33° from the Sphinx (thanks Craig Compton) and the original White House in Giza. It is also 3301 nautical miles from the White House in Washington DC (thanks Mark Gray), and 6,606,666 feet from Stonehenge (thanks Urban Asplund). The Tower of Light is also approx. 3000 miles from the Kaaba (99.8%).
…the 540 m height is said to reflect the total number of African countries (54 is approximately correct, though certainly up for debate), while its 114 stories are said to honor the same number of chapters (or surah) in the Quran. Finally, Al Noor Tower’s facade will sport a 1,000-pattern design which signifies Africa’s rich languages, which exceed 1,000.
A Saudi investor is to build Africa’s tallest building in Morocco, with construction of the 114-storey tower to begin in June, the project’s manager said on Friday.
The skyscraper in Casablanca will be 540 meters (1,782 feet) high, taller than the 223-meter Carlton Centre in Johannesburg which currently holds the title for tallest building on the continent.
“It will be Africa’s highest tower,” project manager Amede Santalo said.
It will be built by the Dubai-based Middle East Development LLC, owned by Saudi businessman Sheikh Tarek Binladen, and will cost an estimated $1 billion (800 million euros), he added.
The project’s working title is the “Al-Noor Tower” (Tower of Light in Arabic), but it is expected eventually to be named after King Mohamed VI.
“We chose Morocco because it is the gateway to Africa and Europe, a modern country and politically stable,” Santalo told AFP.
The tower is due for completion in June 2018.
“The height of the tower is 540 meters to remind us that Africa has 54 countries. Everyone in Africa will feel part of that tower,” the project’s website says.
It will have 114 floors – the number of surahs or chapters in the Quran – and the facade will be covered by patterns representing Africa’s 1,000 languages.
It will be built on a 25-hectare (61.77-acre) plot and will include a seven-star hotel, a business center and a shopping mall.
Casablanca, Morocco’s commercial hub, already hosts the world’s tallest minaret at 210 meters, at the Hassan II mosque.
The world’s tallest tower is in Dubai, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, which opened in January 2010.
Last Update: Friday, 12 December 2014 KSA 18:54 – GMT 15:54