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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 late 2014.

5. CTF Finance Centre

CTF Finance Centre Now the fifth-tallest skyscraper in the world after it topped out in July 2014, CTF Finance Centre, located in Guangzhou, is a mixed-use tower that will feature office space, a hotel, apartments and a shopping center in its podium. Due to complete in 2016, its 530 meters make it 21 meters taller than the next-tallest, Taipei 101.

6. Taipei 101

CTF Finance Centre 509 meters is the height of Taipei 101, which occupies sixth 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.

7. Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center 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.

8. International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre With the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, a further Chinese skyscraper is to be found in eighth 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.

9./10. Petronas Towers

Petronas Tower 1 The ninth and tenth 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.

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
CTF Finance 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
OKO Apartment Tower [OKO] Moscow 85 1,154 ft 2015
37
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 1,140 ft 1997
38
Aon Center Chicago 83 1,136 ft 1973
39
The Center Hong Kong 73 1,135 ft 1998
40
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 1,128 ft 1969
41
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 1,123 ft 2014
42
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 1,122 ft 2014
43
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 1,112 ft 2015
44
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 1,112 ft 2014
45
Mercury City Moscow 75 1,112 ft 2013
46
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 1,105 ft 2011
47
The Torch Dubai 79 1,105 ft 2011
48
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 1,102 ft 2012
49
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 1,094 ft 2010
50
Rose Tower Dubai 72 1,093 ft 2007
51
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 1,093 ft 2006
52
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 1,089 ft 2013
53
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 1,087 ft 2007
54
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 1,083 ft 2013
55
China World Trade Center Tower III [China World Trade Center] Beijing 74 1,083 ft 2010
56
The Index Dubai 80 1,076 ft 2010
57
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 1,076 ft 2013
58
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 1,076 ft 2011
59
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 1,076 ft 2013
60
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 1,063 ft 2013
61
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 1,063 ft 2013
62
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower [Shimao No. 1 The Harbour] Yantai 57 1,060 ft
63
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 1,058 ft 2005
64
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 1,053 ft 1999
65
Palais Royale Mumbai 75 1,050 ft 2014
66
Chrysler Building New York City 77 1,046 ft 1930
67
Teddy Tower [Nina Towers] Hong Kong 80 1,046 ft 2007
68
New York Times Tower New York City 52 1,046 ft 2007
69
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 1,040 ft 2010
70
Youth Olympics Center Tower 1 [Youth Olympics Center] Nanjing 68 1,033 ft 2014
71
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 1,023 ft 1992
72
Maoye Plaza 1 [Maoye Plaza] Shenyang 75 1,020 ft 2013
73
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 1,018 ft 1989
74
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 1,017 ft 2001
75
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 1,017 ft 2010
76
Sky Tower [The Gate] Abu Dhabi 74 1,017 ft 2010
77
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 1,016 ft 2012
78
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 1,015 ft 2014
79
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel [Emirates Towers] Dubai 56 1,014 ft 2000
80
Eurasia Tower Moscow 67 1,013 ft 2014
81
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 1,010 ft 2014
82
Northeast Asia Trade Tower [Songdo New City] Incheon 68 1,010 ft 2011
83
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 1,008 ft 2013
84
AT&T Corporate Center [AT&T - USG Complex] Chicago 60 1,007 ft 1989
85
One57 New York City 75 1,005 ft 2014
86
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 1,004 ft 2013
87
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 1,004 ft 2008
88
The Shard [London Bridge Quarter] London 73 1,004 ft 2013
89
600 Travis Street Houston 75 1,002 ft 1982
90
Etihad Tower 2 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 79 1,002 ft 2011
91
Baiyoke Tower II [Baiyoke Towers] Bangkok 85 997 ft 1997
92
Two Prudential Plaza [Prudential Plaza] Chicago 64 995 ft 1990
93
Diwang International Fortune Center Liuzhou 75 994 ft 2014
94
Wuxi Moi City Tower [Moi City] Wuxi 72 994 ft 2013
95
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 993 ft 2012
96
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 992 ft 1983
97
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 992 ft 2002
98
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 990 ft 2014
99
Capital City Moscow Tower [Capital City] Moscow 76 989 ft 2010
100
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 80 988 ft 2011
101
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 70 987 ft 2014
102
Aspire Tower [Sport City] Doha 36 984 ft 2007
103
Abeno Harukas [Abeno Redevelopment Project] Osaka 60 984 ft 2014
104
Arraya Center Office Tower [Arraya Centre] Kuwait City 60 984 ft 2009
105
Gran Torre Santiago [Costanera Center] Santiago 60 984 ft 2014
106
One Island East Centre [Taikoo Place] Hong Kong 69 979 ft 2008
107
First Canadian Place [First Canadian Place] Toronto 72 978 ft 1976
108
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 978 ft 2010
109
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 975 ft 2006
110
Four World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 72 975 ft 2014
111
Comcast Center [Pennsylvania Plaza] Philadelphia 57 974 ft 2008
112
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 972 ft 1993
113
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 971 ft 2008
114
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 965 ft 2010
115
Central Park Office Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 49 964 ft
116
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 961 ft 2011
117
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 961 ft 1990
118
Greenland Puli Center Jinan 61 960 ft 2015
119
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 958 ft 2011
120
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 957 ft 2000
121
70 Pine Street New York City 66 952 ft 1932
122
Guiyang Hunter Douglas International Plaza Guiyang 69 951 ft 2014
123
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 948 ft 2014
124
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 948 ft 2013
125
Key Tower [Key Center] Cleveland 57 947 ft 1991
126
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 947 ft 2014
127
Plaza 66 Tower 1 [Plaza 66 Nanjing Xi Lu] Shanghai 66 945 ft 2001
128
One Liberty Place [Liberty Place] Philadelphia 61 945 ft 1987
129
Soochow International Plaza East Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
130
Soochow International Plaza West Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
131
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 945 ft 2012
132
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 941 ft 2013
133
Columbia Center Seattle 76 937 ft 1985
134
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 935 ft 2006
135
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 935 ft 2010
136
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 934 ft 2003
137
D1 Tower Dubai 80 932 ft 2014
138
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 929 ft 2005
139
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 928 ft 1999
140
The Trump Building New York City 70 927 ft 1930
141
Addax Tower [C1 & C12 Towers] Abu Dhabi 61 926 ft 2014
142
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 925 ft 2010
143
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 75 924 ft 2011
144
Bank of America Plaza [Main Centre] Dallas 72 921 ft 1985
145
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 921 ft 2012
146
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 919 ft 2010
147
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 919 ft 2011
148
Republic Plaza [Republic Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1996
149
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 919 ft 2012
150
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 919 ft 2012
151
OUB Centre [One Raffles Place] Singapore 63 919 ft 1988
152
UOB Plaza One [UOB Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1992
153
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 62 915 ft 2013
154
Three IFC Office Tower [Seoul International Finance Center] Seoul 55 915 ft 2012
155
Citigroup Center New York City 59 915 ft 1977
156
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 913 ft 2002
157
Trust Tower [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 58 912 ft 2013
158
Etihad Tower 1 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 70 911 ft 2011
159
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 908 ft 2012
160
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 906 ft 2006
161
Scotia Plaza [Scotiabank Buildings] Toronto 68 902 ft 1988
162
Williams Tower Houston 64 901 ft 1983
163
Nantong Zhongnan International Plaza Nantong 53 897 ft 2011
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
Aura [Residences of College Park] Toronto 78 892 ft 2014
169
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 889 ft 2013
170
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 886 ft 1974
171
Radisson Royal Hotel [JAL Towers] Dubai 60 886 ft 2010
172
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 886 ft 2014
173
The Cullinan I [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
174
The Cullinan II [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
175
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Manama 50 885 ft 2014
176
China International Center Tower B [China Plaza] Guangzhou 62 884 ft 2007
177
Dapeng International Plaza Guangzhou 56 884 ft 2006
178
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 883 ft 2008
179
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 883 ft 2003
180
Naberezhnaya Tower C [Naberezhnaya Tower] Moscow 61 881 ft 2007
181
Nation Towers Residential [Nation Towers] Abu Dhabi 65 879 ft 2012
182
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 879 ft 2013
183
Xinhe Delta Beichen Project Changsha 45 879 ft 2014
184
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 879 ft 2012
185
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 876 ft 2014
186
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 876 ft 2012
187
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 876 ft 2013
188
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 876 ft 2000
189
The Point Panama City 67 873 ft 2011
190
The River South Tower [The River] Bangkok 73 872 ft 2012
191
Bank of America Corporate Center [Bank of America Plaza] Charlotte 60 871 ft 1992
192
900 North Michigan Chicago 66 871 ft 1989
193
SunTrust Plaza [SunTrust Plaza] Atlanta 60 871 ft 1992
194
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street New York City 76 870 ft 2011
195
Al Kazim Tower 1 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
196
Al Kazim Tower 2 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
197
Bocom Financial Towers Shanghai 52 869 ft 2002
198
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower C [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 70 869 ft 2011
199
WBC The Palace 1 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
200
WBC The Palace 2 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
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