03 June, 2019

Egyptian project stakes claim to world's largest building title

Developer Memaar Al Morshedy aims for Guinness World Record recognition for Skyline multi-use project

High Angle View Of River Amidst Buildings In City Against Sky Photo Taken In Cairo, Egypt

High Angle View Of River Amidst Buildings In City Against Sky Photo Taken In Cairo, Egypt

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03 June 2019
Egypt's Memaar Al Morshedy Group has staked its claim to the title of world's largest building for its Skyline development in Katameya, East Cairo with an endorsement of official attempt by the UK-headquartered Guinness World Records, the company's founder and owner said.

Mohamed Al Morshedy told Thomson Reuters Projects last week that the multi-use project, spread over an area of 200,000 square metres, is aiming for the title of the world's largest building.

"Guinness World Records has approved an official request from Memaar Al Morshedy Group to list a new record for the world's largest residential building after nearly a year of discussions," said Ahmed Mekled, CEO and Managing Partner of Guinness World Records, Egypt.

Al Morshedy didn't elaborate on the project's cost and construction timelines but said he plans to complete the first phase by 2022.

He said the project would include studios and apartments, a rooftop Olympic swimming pool, a shopping mall, theaters, sports facilities, ice skating rinks and restaurants.

The project has been jointly designed by Spain's VDP Design, Egypt's Raef Fahmy Architects and US-based Hadid Design and Development Group.

In June 2018, local English language news website, Egypttoday.com reported that the project would be developed in phases over a seven-year period with the first phase expected to open in three and a half years.

(Reporting by Marwa Abo Almajd; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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