Dominating the skyline of Tehran’s western suburbs, Milad Tower is 435m high, including 120m of antenna, making it, in 2017, the world’s sixth-tallest free-standing tower. Bearing a striking resemblance to Menara Kuala Lumpur, its octagonal concrete shaft tapers up to a pod with 12 floors, including both enclosed and open observation decks, a gallery, a cafe and a revolving restaurant.
It is located between the Qarb Town and Gisha District, standing at 435 m from base to the tip of the antenna. The head consists of a large pod with 12 floors, the roof of which is at 315 m.
The tower is a part of a complex called International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran. The complex also includes a five-star hotel, a convention center, a world trade center, and an IT park.
Whether you should visit or not depends largely on the weather; on a rare clear day the views are worth it, but otherwise probably not. You need a taxi to get here.
At the base of the tower is the separate Tehran Milad Tower International Convention Centre, where concerts are occasionally held.
In 2012, Zaha Hadid won the design competition for the second phase of the site, a plan which would involve a couple more lower-rise towers. So far, though, construction is yet to commence.
Construction of the tower was commenced in 1997. Upon completion of its 11-year-long construction in 2008, the Milad Tower was considered the 4th tallest free-standing telecommunication tower in the world. The tower was opened a year later, in 2008, albeit numerous conflicts on the history of the tower still prevail, such as some sources proving that commencement of the tower’s construction was a year earlier instead of 2000 and that the tower was completed a year later instead of 2007. The tower was officially opened on 20 February 2009 by the 55th Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, and members of the City Council of Tehran. More than 250 local and foreign journalists were covering the event.
Milad Tower, with its height of 435 m, is the tallest tower in Iran, and the sixth tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It consists of five main parts, including the foundation, transition (lobby) structure, shaft, head structure and the antenna mast.
The lobby structure consists of six floors. The first three floors consist of 63 trade units, 11 food courts, a cafeteria, and a commercial products exhibition which is supposed to be 260 m2. The first and second floors underground consist of official and installing sections and data center. The ground floor is devoted to the entrance and visitors reception.
The shaft is a concrete structure which is 315 m-high from the ground floor. In three different sides of it, 6 elevators are used to transfer the visitors to the head of the tower at the speed of 7 m/s (0.0070 km/s), and there is an emergency staircase exists at the fourth side.