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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 163 828 m 2010
2
Shanghai Tower Shanghai 121 632 m 2014
3
Makkah Clock Royal Tower [Abraj Al Bait] Makkah 120 601 m 2012
4
One World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 104 541 m 2014
5
CTF Finance Centre [Guangzhou Twin Towers] Guangzhou 116 530 m 2016
6
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 509 m 2004
7
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai 101 492 m 2008
8
International Commerce Centre [Union Square] Hong Kong 118 484 m 2010
9
Petronas Tower 1 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 452 m 1998
10
Petronas Tower 2 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 452 m 1998
11
Zifeng Tower Nanjing 66 450 m 2010
12
Willis Tower Chicago 108 442 m 1974
13
KK100 Shenzhen 100 442 m 2011
14
Guangzhou International Finance Center [Guangzhou Twin Towers] Guangzhou 103 438 m 2010
15
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 98 423 m 2009
16
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai 88 421 m 1999
17
Two International Finance Centre [International Finance Centre] Hong Kong 88 415 m 2003
18
Princess Tower Dubai 101 413 m 2012
19
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 412 m 2011
20
23 Marina Dubai 89 393 m 2012
21
CITIC Plaza [CITIC Plaza] Guangzhou 80 391 m 1997
22
Eton Place Dalian 1 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 81 388 m 2014
23
Capital Market Authority Headquarters Riyadh 77 385 m 2014
24
Shun Hing Square [Shun Hing Square] Shenzhen 69 384 m 1996
25
The Domain [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 88 382 m 2014
26
Empire State Building New York City 102 381 m 1931
27
Elite Residence Dubai 91 380 m 2012
28
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 374 m 1992
29
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 367 m 1990
30
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 366 m 2009
31
Almas Tower Dubai 68 363 m 2009
32
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 360 m 2012
33
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 355 m 2012
34
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 355 m 2014
35
Emirates Office Tower [Emirates Towers] Dubai 54 355 m 2000
36
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 348 m 1997
37
Aon Center Chicago 83 346 m 1973
38
The Center Hong Kong 73 346 m 1998
39
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 344 m 1969
40
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 342 m 2014
41
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 342 m 2014
42
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 339 m 2015
43
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 339 m 2014
44
Mercury City Moscow 75 339 m 2013
45
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 337 m 2011
46
The Torch Dubai 79 337 m 2011
47
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 336 m 2012
48
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 333 m 2010
49
Rose Tower Dubai 72 333 m 2007
50
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 333 m 2006
51
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 332 m 2013
52
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 331 m 2007
53
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 330 m 2013
54
China World Trade Center Tower III [China World Trade Center] Beijing 74 330 m 2010
55
The Index Dubai 80 328 m 2010
56
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 328 m 2013
57
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 328 m 2011
58
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 328 m 2013
59
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 324 m 2013
60
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 324 m 2013
61
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower [Shimao No. 1 The Harbour] Yantai 57 323 m
62
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 322 m 2005
63
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 321 m 1999
64
Palais Royale Mumbai 75 320 m 2014
65
Chrysler Building New York City 77 319 m 1930
66
Teddy Tower [Nina Towers] Hong Kong 80 319 m 2007
67
New York Times Tower New York City 52 319 m 2007
68
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 317 m 2010
69
Youth Olympics Center Tower 1 [Youth Olympics Center] Nanjing 68 315 m 2014
70
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 312 m 1992
71
Maoye Plaza 1 [Maoye Plaza] Shenyang 75 311 m 2013
72
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 310 m 1989
73
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 310 m 2001
74
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 310 m 2010
75
Sky Tower [The Gate] Abu Dhabi 74 310 m 2010
76
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 310 m 2012
77
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 309 m 2014
78
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel [Emirates Towers] Dubai 56 309 m 2000
79
Eurasia Tower Moscow 67 309 m 2014
80
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 308 m 2014
81
Northeast Asia Trade Tower [Songdo New City] Incheon 68 308 m 2011
82
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 307 m 2013
83
AT&T Corporate Center [AT&T - USG Complex] Chicago 60 307 m 1989
84
One57 New York City 75 306 m 2014
85
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 306 m 2013
86
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 306 m 2008
87
The Shard [London Bridge Quarter] London 73 306 m 2013
88
600 Travis Street Houston 75 305 m 1982
89
Etihad Tower 2 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 79 305 m 2011
90
Baiyoke Tower II [Baiyoke Towers] Bangkok 85 304 m 1997
91
Two Prudential Plaza [Prudential Plaza] Chicago 64 303 m 1990
92
Diwang International Fortune Center Liuzhou 75 303 m 2014
93
Wuxi Moi City Tower [Moi City] Wuxi 72 303 m 2013
94
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 303 m 2012
95
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 302 m 1983
96
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 302 m 2002
97
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 302 m 2014
98
Capital City Moscow Tower [Capital City] Moscow 76 302 m 2010
99
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 80 301 m 2011
100
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 70 301 m 2014
101
Aspire Tower [Sport City] Doha 36 300 m 2007
102
Abeno Harukas [Abeno Redevelopment Project] Osaka 60 300 m 2014
103
Arraya Center Office Tower [Arraya Centre] Kuwait City 60 300 m 2009
104
Gran Torre Santiago [Costanera Center] Santiago 60 300 m 2014
105
One Island East Centre [Taikoo Place] Hong Kong 69 298 m 2008
106
First Canadian Place [First Canadian Place] Toronto 72 298 m 1976
107
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 298 m 2010
108
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 297 m 2006
109
Four World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 72 297 m 2014
110
Comcast Center [Pennsylvania Plaza] Philadelphia 57 297 m 2008
111
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 296 m 1993
112
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 296 m 2008
113
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 294 m 2010
114
Central Park Office Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 49 294 m
115
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 293 m 2011
116
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 293 m 1990
117
Greenland Puli Center Jinan 61 293 m 2015
118
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 292 m 2011
119
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 292 m 2000
120
70 Pine Street New York City 66 290 m 1932
121
Guiyang Hunter Douglas International Plaza Guiyang 69 290 m 2014
122
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 289 m 2014
123
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 289 m 2013
124
Key Tower [Key Center] Cleveland 57 289 m 1991
125
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 288 m 2014
126
Plaza 66 Tower 1 [Plaza 66 Nanjing Xi Lu] Shanghai 66 288 m 2001
127
One Liberty Place [Liberty Place] Philadelphia 61 288 m 1987
128
Soochow International Plaza East Tower Huzhou 50 288 m 2014
129
Soochow International Plaza West Tower Huzhou 50 288 m 2014
130
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 288 m 2012
131
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 287 m 2013
132
Columbia Center Seattle 76 285 m 1985
133
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 285 m 2006
134
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 285 m 2010
135
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 285 m 2003
136
D1 Tower Dubai 80 284 m 2014
137
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 283 m 2005
138
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 283 m 1999
139
The Trump Building New York City 70 283 m 1930
140
Addax Tower [C1 & C12 Towers] Abu Dhabi 61 282 m 2014
141
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 282 m 2010
142
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 75 282 m 2011
143
Bank of America Plaza [Main Centre] Dallas 72 281 m 1985
144
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 281 m 2012
145
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 280 m 2010
146
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 280 m 2011
147
Republic Plaza [Republic Plaza] Singapore 66 280 m 1996
148
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 280 m 2012
149
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 280 m 2012
150
OUB Centre [One Raffles Place] Singapore 63 280 m 1988
151
UOB Plaza One [UOB Plaza] Singapore 66 280 m 1992
152
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 62 279 m 2013
153
Three IFC Office Tower [Seoul International Finance Center] Seoul 55 279 m 2012
154
Citigroup Center New York City 59 279 m 1977
155
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 278 m 2002
156
Trust Tower [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 58 278 m 2013
157
Etihad Tower 1 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 70 278 m 2011
158
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 277 m 2012
159
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 276 m 2006
160
Scotia Plaza [Scotiabank Buildings] Toronto 68 275 m 1988
161
Williams Tower Houston 64 275 m 1983
162
Nantong Zhongnan International Plaza Nantong 53 273 m 2011
163
Aura [Residences of College Park] Toronto 78 273 m 2014
164
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 273 m 2011
165
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 273 m 2013
166
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 273 m 1998
167
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 273 m 2011
168
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 271 m 2013
169
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 270 m 1974
170
Radisson Royal Hotel [JAL Towers] Dubai 60 270 m 2010
171
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 270 m 2014
172
The Cullinan I [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 270 m 2008
173
The Cullinan II [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 270 m 2008
174
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Manama 50 270 m 2014
175
China International Center Tower B [China Plaza] Guangzhou 62 270 m 2007
176
Dapeng International Plaza Guangzhou 56 269 m 2006
177
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 269 m 2008
178
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 269 m 2003
179
Naberezhnaya Tower C [Naberezhnaya Tower] Moscow 61 268 m 2007
180
Nation Towers Residential [Nation Towers] Abu Dhabi 65 268 m 2012
181
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 268 m 2013
182
Xinhe Delta Beichen Project Changsha 45 268 m 2014
183
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 268 m 2012
184
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 267 m 2014
185
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 267 m 2012
186
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 267 m 2013
187
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 267 m 2000
188
The Point Panama City 67 266 m 2011
189
The River South Tower [The River] Bangkok 73 266 m 2012
190
Bank of America Corporate Center [Bank of America Plaza] Charlotte 60 265 m 1992
191
SunTrust Plaza [SunTrust Plaza] Atlanta 60 265 m 1992
192
900 North Michigan Chicago 66 265 m 1989
193
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street New York City 76 265 m 2011
194
Al Kazim Tower 1 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 265 m 2008
195
Al Kazim Tower 2 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 265 m 2008
196
Bocom Financial Towers Shanghai 52 265 m 2002
197
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower C [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 70 265 m 2011
198
WBC The Palace 1 Busan 51 265 m 2011
199
WBC The Palace 2 Busan 51 265 m 2011
200
120 Collins Street Melbourne 52 265 m 1991
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