Cairo tower, one of Cairo's most prominent landmarks, has undergone a EGP 35 million restoration process in time for its 50th anniversary in April 2011. Located in the heart of Cairo's embassy district on Zamalek Island on the river Nile, the concrete tower is in the shape of a pharaonic Lotus flower, an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt.
The five year renovation project from 2004 to 2009 saw the strengthening of the tower's reinforced concrete and the provision of an emergency staircase, a visitor's elevator and the installation of an exterior lighting system. However it is the tower's revolving rooftop restaurant and its panoramic views of Cairo which draw its up-to 700 daily visitors.
The 187m high tower, which was funded by the US and designed by Lebanese engineer Naoum Shabib, was constructed between 1956 and 1961 in a scheme involving 500 workers.