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Top 10 of the world's tallest skyscrapers. Only existing buildings and buildings which are topped out are taken into account.

The World's Tallest Buildings

Dubai, Shanghai, New York City: All around the world, ever taller and ever more spectacular new skyscrapers are being planned and built. Read here which buildings are currently the ten tallest in the world, where they are located and what makes them stand out.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa Since its completion in 2010, the world's tallest skyscraper has been Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building, which was designed by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is a mighty 828 meters tall and has 163 floors. Burj Khalifa is one of Dubai's most famous buildings. Its potential successor, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, is however already in the starting blocks: At a kilometer in height, this ambitious construction project, which was started in 2013, is due to surpass the current record holder by some distance.

2. Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower At a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower, located in the Chinese city of Shanghai, is almost 200 meters shorter than Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Although the skyscraper is due to be completed during the course of 2014, it has already topped out (reached its final height) and thus garnered second place in the list of the world's tallest buildings. In addition, Shanghai Tower will be home to the world's fastest elevators, which will climb the tower at the speed of 18 meters per second.

3. Makkah Clock Royal Tower

Makkah Clock Royal Tower The third-tallest building in the world is the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, whose most striking feature is its clock tower. The clock face is so large that the clock can be seen from 25 kilometers away. The 601-meter-tall building was completed in 2012 and is situated in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

4. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center 60 meters behind in fourth place follows One World Trade Center in New York City, which topped out at 541 meters on May 10, 2013, since when it has not only been the world's fourth-tallest building but also the tallest skyscraper in New York City. The building is being constructed on the site of the former World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Completion is due in spring 2014.

5. Chow Tai Fook Centre

Chow Tai Fook Centre 509 meters is the height of Taipei 101, which occupies fifth place in the list. The building was even the tallest in the world from 2004 to 2007 until it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Taipei 101 is named for its location in Taiwan's capital Taipei and for the number of stories in the building – 101 in total. Its striking design won it the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award.

6. Taipei 101

Taipei 101 The Shanghai World Financial Center measures just 16 meters less than Taipei 101. The building, which due to its shape is also referred to as the "bottle-opener", is a direct neighbor of Shanghai Tower and was completed in 2008 from a design by Kohn Pedersen Fox.

7. Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center With the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, a further Chinese skyscraper is to be found in seventh place in the ranking of the world's tallest buildings. The 484-meter-tall skyscraper houses the world's highest hotel on its top 13 floors and is also Hong Kong's tallest building.

8./9. Petronas Towers

International Commerce Centre The eighth and ninth places are shared by the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. They count among the most famous buildings in the Malaysian capital, thanks in part to a skybridge connecting the two 452-meter-tall buildings on the 41st and 42nd floors. In addition, these were the world's tallest skyscrapers between 1996 and 2003.

10. Petronas Tower 2

The Petronas Towers are just two meters taller than the tenth-tallest skyscraper in the world, Zifeng Tower in Nanjing. This also means that no fewer than four of the world's ten tallest skyscrapers are located in China. Zifeng Tower, which was completed in 2010, has an observation platform at 272 meters up and includes a 500-room Intercontinental Hotel.

In 2014, as in 2013, the list does not contain any German skyscrapers. A long time is likely to pass before buildings in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin or another major German city are able to compete with the front-runners from Dubai, Shanghai or New York City.

(As of: January 2014)

The following overview showcases the 200 tallest buildings in the world. It is verified and updated continuously and includes high-rise buildings which have been topped out or are completed. The list only considers a building's structural height.
# Building City Floors Height Year
1
Burj Khalifa Dubai 163 2,717 ft 2010
2
Shanghai Tower Shanghai 121 2,074 ft 2014
3
Makkah Clock Royal Tower [Abraj Al Bait] Makkah 120 1,972 ft 2012
4
One World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 104 1,776 ft 2014
5
Chow Tai Fook Centre [Guangzhou Twin Towers] Guangzhou 116 1,739 ft 2016
6
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 1,671 ft 2004
7
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai 101 1,614 ft 2008
8
International Commerce Centre [Union Square] Hong Kong 118 1,588 ft 2010
9
Petronas Tower 1 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 1,483 ft 1998
10
Petronas Tower 2 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 1,483 ft 1998
11
Zifeng Tower Nanjing 66 1,476 ft 2010
12
Willis Tower Chicago 108 1,451 ft 1974
13
KK100 Shenzhen 100 1,449 ft 2011
14
Guangzhou International Finance Center [Guangzhou Twin Towers] Guangzhou 103 1,435 ft 2010
15
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 98 1,388 ft 2009
16
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai 88 1,380 ft 1999
17
Two International Finance Centre [International Finance Centre] Hong Kong 88 1,362 ft 2003
18
Princess Tower Dubai 101 1,356 ft 2012
19
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 1,352 ft 2011
20
23 Marina Dubai 89 1,289 ft 2012
21
CITIC Plaza [CITIC Plaza] Guangzhou 80 1,283 ft 1997
22
Eton Place Dalian 1 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 81 1,274 ft 2014
23
Capital Market Authority Headquarters Riyadh 77 1,263 ft 2014
24
Shun Hing Square [Shun Hing Square] Shenzhen 69 1,260 ft 1996
25
The Domain [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 88 1,253 ft 2014
26
Empire State Building New York City 102 1,250 ft 1931
27
Elite Residence Dubai 91 1,248 ft 2012
28
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 1,227 ft 1992
29
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 1,205 ft 1990
30
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 1,200 ft 2009
31
Almas Tower Dubai 68 1,191 ft 2009
32
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 1,181 ft 2012
33
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2012
34
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2014
35
Emirates Office Tower [Emirates Towers] Dubai 54 1,163 ft 2000
36
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 1,140 ft 1997
37
Aon Center Chicago 83 1,136 ft 1973
38
The Center Hong Kong 73 1,135 ft 1998
39
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 1,128 ft 1969
40
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 1,123 ft 2014
41
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 1,122 ft 2014
42
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 1,112 ft 2015
43
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 1,112 ft 2014
44
Mercury City Moscow 75 1,112 ft 2013
45
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 1,105 ft 2011
46
The Torch Dubai 79 1,105 ft 2011
47
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 1,102 ft 2012
48
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 1,094 ft 2010
49
Rose Tower Dubai 72 1,093 ft 2007
50
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 1,093 ft 2006
51
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 1,089 ft 2013
52
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 1,087 ft 2007
53
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 1,083 ft 2013
54
China World Trade Center Tower III [China World Trade Center] Beijing 74 1,083 ft 2010
55
The Index Dubai 80 1,076 ft 2010
56
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 1,076 ft 2013
57
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 1,076 ft 2011
58
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 1,076 ft 2013
59
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 1,063 ft 2013
60
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 1,063 ft 2013
61
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower [Shimao No. 1 The Harbour] Yantai 57 1,060 ft
62
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 1,058 ft 2005
63
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 1,053 ft 1999
64
Palais Royale Mumbai 75 1,050 ft 2014
65
Chrysler Building New York City 77 1,046 ft 1930
66
Teddy Tower [Nina Towers] Hong Kong 80 1,046 ft 2007
67
New York Times Tower New York City 52 1,046 ft 2007
68
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 1,040 ft 2010
69
Youth Olympics Center Tower 1 [Youth Olympics Center] Nanjing 68 1,033 ft 2014
70
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 1,023 ft 1992
71
Maoye Plaza 1 [Maoye Plaza] Shenyang 75 1,020 ft 2013
72
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 1,018 ft 1989
73
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 1,017 ft 2001
74
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 1,017 ft 2010
75
Sky Tower [The Gate] Abu Dhabi 74 1,017 ft 2010
76
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 1,016 ft 2012
77
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 1,015 ft 2014
78
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel [Emirates Towers] Dubai 56 1,014 ft 2000
79
Eurasia Tower Moscow 67 1,013 ft 2014
80
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 1,010 ft 2014
81
Northeast Asia Trade Tower [Songdo New City] Incheon 68 1,010 ft 2011
82
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 1,008 ft 2013
83
AT&T Corporate Center [AT&T - USG Complex] Chicago 60 1,007 ft 1989
84
One57 New York City 75 1,005 ft 2014
85
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 1,004 ft 2013
86
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 1,004 ft 2008
87
The Shard [London Bridge Quarter] London 73 1,004 ft 2013
88
600 Travis Street Houston 75 1,002 ft 1982
89
Etihad Tower 2 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 79 1,002 ft 2011
90
Baiyoke Tower II [Baiyoke Towers] Bangkok 85 997 ft 1997
91
Two Prudential Plaza [Prudential Plaza] Chicago 64 995 ft 1990
92
Diwang International Fortune Center Liuzhou 75 994 ft 2014
93
Wuxi Moi City Tower [Moi City] Wuxi 72 994 ft 2013
94
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 993 ft 2012
95
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 992 ft 1983
96
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 992 ft 2002
97
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 990 ft 2014
98
Capital City Moscow Tower [Capital City] Moscow 76 989 ft 2010
99
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 80 988 ft 2011
100
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 70 987 ft 2014
101
Aspire Tower [Sport City] Doha 36 984 ft 2007
102
Abeno Harukas [Abeno Redevelopment Project] Osaka 60 984 ft 2014
103
Arraya Center Office Tower [Arraya Centre] Kuwait City 60 984 ft 2009
104
Gran Torre Santiago [Costanera Center] Santiago 60 984 ft 2014
105
One Island East Centre [Taikoo Place] Hong Kong 69 979 ft 2008
106
First Canadian Place [First Canadian Place] Toronto 72 978 ft 1976
107
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 978 ft 2010
108
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 975 ft 2006
109
Four World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 72 975 ft 2014
110
Comcast Center [Pennsylvania Plaza] Philadelphia 57 974 ft 2008
111
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 972 ft 1993
112
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 971 ft 2008
113
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 965 ft 2010
114
Central Park Office Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 49 964 ft
115
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 961 ft 2011
116
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 961 ft 1990
117
Greenland Puli Center Jinan 61 960 ft 2015
118
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 958 ft 2011
119
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 957 ft 2000
120
70 Pine Street New York City 66 952 ft 1932
121
Guiyang Hunter Douglas International Plaza Guiyang 69 951 ft 2014
122
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 948 ft 2014
123
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 948 ft 2013
124
Key Tower [Key Center] Cleveland 57 947 ft 1991
125
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 947 ft 2014
126
Plaza 66 Tower 1 [Plaza 66 Nanjing Xi Lu] Shanghai 66 945 ft 2001
127
One Liberty Place [Liberty Place] Philadelphia 61 945 ft 1987
128
Soochow International Plaza East Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
129
Soochow International Plaza West Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
130
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 945 ft 2012
131
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 941 ft 2013
132
Columbia Center Seattle 76 937 ft 1985
133
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 935 ft 2006
134
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 935 ft 2010
135
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 934 ft 2003
136
D1 Tower Dubai 80 932 ft 2014
137
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 929 ft 2005
138
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 928 ft 1999
139
The Trump Building New York City 70 927 ft 1930
140
Addax Tower [C1 & C12 Towers] Abu Dhabi 61 926 ft 2014
141
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 925 ft 2010
142
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 75 924 ft 2011
143
Bank of America Plaza [Main Centre] Dallas 72 921 ft 1985
144
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 921 ft 2012
145
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 919 ft 2010
146
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 919 ft 2011
147
Republic Plaza [Republic Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1996
148
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 919 ft 2012
149
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 919 ft 2012
150
OUB Centre [One Raffles Place] Singapore 63 919 ft 1988
151
UOB Plaza One [UOB Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1992
152
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 62 915 ft 2013
153
Three IFC Office Tower [Seoul International Finance Center] Seoul 55 915 ft 2012
154
Citigroup Center New York City 59 915 ft 1977
155
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 913 ft 2002
156
Trust Tower [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 58 912 ft 2013
157
Etihad Tower 1 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 70 911 ft 2011
158
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 909 ft 2012
159
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 906 ft 2006
160
Scotia Plaza [Scotiabank Buildings] Toronto 68 902 ft 1988
161
Williams Tower Houston 64 901 ft 1983
162
Nantong Zhongnan International Plaza Nantong 53 897 ft 2011
163
Aura [Residences of College Park] Toronto 78 896 ft 2014
164
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 896 ft 2011
165
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 896 ft 2013
166
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 896 ft 1998
167
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 895 ft 2011
168
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 889 ft 2013
169
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 886 ft 1974
170
Radisson Royal Hotel [JAL Towers] Dubai 60 886 ft 2010
171
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 886 ft 2014
172
The Cullinan I [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
173
The Cullinan II [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
174
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Manama 50 885 ft 2014
175
China International Center Tower B [China Plaza] Guangzhou 62 884 ft 2007
176
Dapeng International Plaza Guangzhou 56 884 ft 2006
177
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 883 ft 2008
178
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 883 ft 2003
179
Naberezhnaya Tower C [Naberezhnaya Tower] Moscow 61 881 ft 2007
180
Nation Towers Residential [Nation Towers] Abu Dhabi 65 879 ft 2012
181
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 879 ft 2013
182
Xinhe Delta Beichen Project Changsha 45 879 ft 2014
183
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 879 ft 2012
184
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 876 ft 2014
185
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 876 ft 2012
186
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 876 ft 2013
187
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 876 ft 2000
188
The Point Panama City 67 873 ft 2011
189
The River South Tower [The River] Bangkok 73 872 ft 2012
190
Bank of America Corporate Center [Bank of America Plaza] Charlotte 60 871 ft 1992
191
SunTrust Plaza [SunTrust Plaza] Atlanta 60 871 ft 1992
192
900 North Michigan Chicago 66 871 ft 1989
193
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street New York City 76 870 ft 2011
194
Al Kazim Tower 1 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
195
Al Kazim Tower 2 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
196
Bocom Financial Towers Shanghai 52 869 ft 2002
197
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower C [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 70 869 ft 2011
198
WBC The Palace 1 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
199
WBC The Palace 2 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
200
120 Collins Street Melbourne 52 869 ft 1991
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