Cairo Tower Tavel Guide
Standing in the Zamalek district on Gezira Island in the River Nile, close to Downtown, the Cairo Tower (Arabic: برج القاهرة, Borg Al-Qāhira) is a free-standing concrete tower with 185m (610 ft), offering a 360° view of Cairo. Considered Egypt's second famous landmark after the Pyramids of Giza, it has been the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa about 50 years. It was the tallest structure in Africa for 10 years, until 1971 when it was surpassed by Hillbrow Tower in South Africa.
Built from 1954 to 1961, the tower was designed by the Egyptian architect Naoum Shebib. Its partially open lattice-work design is intended to evoke a pharaonic lotus plant, an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt. The tower is crowned by a circular observation deck and a rotating restaurant with a view over greater Cairo. One rotation takes approximately 70 minutes.