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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. Taipei 101

Taipei 101 509 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. 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.

7. International Commerce Centre

International Commerce Centre 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

Petronas Tower 1 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. Zifeng Tower

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 163 828 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
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 509 m 2004
6
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai 101 492 m 2008
7
International Commerce Centre [Union Square] Hong Kong 118 484 m 2010
8
Petronas Tower 1 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 452 m 1998
9
Petronas Tower 2 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 452 m 1998
10
Zifeng Tower Nanjing 66 450 m 2010
11
Willis Tower Chicago 108 442 m 1974
12
KK100 Shenzhen 100 442 m 2011
13
Guangzhou International Finance Center [Guangzhou Twin Towers] Guangzhou 103 438 m 2010
14
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 98 423 m 2009
15
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai 88 421 m 1999
16
Two International Finance Centre [International Finance Centre] Hong Kong 88 415 m 2003
17
Princess Tower Dubai 101 414 m 2012
18
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 412 m 2011
19
23 Marina Dubai 89 395 m 2012
20
CITIC Plaza [CITIC Plaza] Guangzhou 80 391 m 1997
21
Shun Hing Square [Shun Hing Square] Shenzhen 69 384 m 1996
22
The Domain [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 88 382 m 2014
23
Empire State Building New York City 102 381 m 1931
24
Elite Residence Dubai 91 380 m 2012
25
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 374 m 1992
26
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 367 m 1990
27
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 366 m 2009
28
Almas Tower Dubai 68 363 m 2009
29
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 360 m 2012
30
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 355 m 2012
31
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 355 m 2014
32
Emirates Office Tower [Emirates Towers] Dubai 54 355 m 2000
33
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 348 m 1997
34
Aon Center Chicago 83 346 m 1973
35
The Center Hong Kong 73 346 m 1998
36
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 344 m 1969
37
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 342 m 2014
38
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 342 m 2014
39
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 339 m 2015
40
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 339 m 2014
41
Mercury City Moscow 75 339 m 2013
42
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 337 m 2011
43
The Torch Dubai 79 337 m 2011
44
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 336 m 2012
45
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 333 m 2010
46
Rose Tower Dubai 72 333 m 2007
47
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 333 m 2006
48
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 332 m 2013
49
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 331 m 2007
50
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 330 m 2013
51
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 330 m 2013
52
China World Trade Center Tower III [China World Trade Center] Beijing 74 330 m 2010
53
The Index Dubai 80 328 m 2010
54
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 328 m 2011
55
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 328 m 2013
56
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 324 m 2013
57
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 324 m 2013
58
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower [Shimao No. 1 The Harbour] Yantai 57 323 m
59
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 322 m 2005
60
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 321 m 1999
61
Chrysler Building New York City 77 319 m 1930
62
Teddy Tower [Nina Towers] Hong Kong 80 319 m 2007
63
New York Times Tower New York City 52 319 m 2007
64
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 317 m 2010
65
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 312 m 1992
66
Maoye Plaza 1 [Maoye Plaza] Shenyang 75 311 m 2013
67
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 310 m 1989
68
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 310 m 2001
69
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 310 m 2010
70
Sky Tower [The Gate] Abu Dhabi 74 310 m 2010
71
The Shard [London Bridge Quarter] London 95 310 m 2013
72
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 310 m 2012
73
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 309 m 2014
74
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel [Emirates Towers] Dubai 56 309 m 2000
75
Eurasia Moscow 67 309 m 2014
76
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 308 m 2014
77
Northeast Asia Trade Tower [Songdo New City] Incheon 68 308 m 2011
78
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 307 m 2013
79
AT&T Corporate Center [AT&T - USG Complex] Chicago 60 307 m 1989
80
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 306 m 2013
81
One57 New York City 75 306 m 2014
82
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 306 m 2008
83
600 Travis Street Houston 75 305 m 1982
84
Etihad Tower 2 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 79 305 m 2011
85
Baiyoke Tower II [Baiyoke Towers] Bangkok 85 304 m 1997
86
Two Prudential Plaza [Prudential Plaza] Chicago 64 303 m 1990
87
Wuxi Moi City Tower [Moi City] Wuxi 72 303 m 2013
88
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 303 m 2012
89
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 302 m 1983
90
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 302 m 2002
91
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 302 m 2013
92
Capital City Moscow Tower [Capital City] Moscow 76 302 m 2010
93
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 80 301 m 2011
94
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 70 301 m 2014
95
Aspire Tower [Sport City] Doha 36 300 m 2007
96
Abeno Harukas [Abeno Redevelopment Project] Osaka 60 300 m 2014
97
Arraya Center Office Tower [Arraya Centre] Kuwait City 60 300 m 2009
98
Gran Torre Santiago [Costanera Center] Santiago 60 300 m 2014
99
One Island East Centre [Taikoo Place] Hong Kong 69 298 m 2008
100
First Canadian Place [First Canadian Place] Toronto 72 298 m 1976
101
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 298 m 2010
102
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 297 m 2006
103
Four World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 72 297 m 2013
104
Comcast Center [Pennsylvania Plaza] Philadelphia 57 297 m 2008
105
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 296 m 1993
106
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 296 m 2008
107
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 294 m 2010
108
Central Park Office Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 49 294 m
109
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 293 m 2011
110
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 293 m 1990
111
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 292 m 2011
112
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 292 m 2000
113
70 Pine Street New York City 66 290 m 1932
114
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 289 m 2014
115
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 289 m 2013
116
Key Tower [Key Center] Cleveland 57 289 m 1991
117
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 288 m 2013
118
Plaza 66 Tower 1 [Plaza 66 Nanjing Xi Lu] Shanghai 66 288 m 2001
119
One Liberty Place [Liberty Place] Philadelphia 61 288 m 1987
120
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 288 m 2012
121
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 287 m 2013
122
Columbia Center Seattle 76 285 m 1985
123
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 285 m 2006
124
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 285 m 2010
125
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 285 m 2003
126
D1 Tower Dubai 80 284 m 2013
127
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 283 m 2005
128
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 283 m 1999
129
The Trump Building New York City 70 283 m 1930
130
Addax Tower [C1 & C12 Towers] Abu Dhabi 61 282 m 2013
131
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 282 m 2010
132
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 75 282 m 2011
133
Bank of America Plaza [Main Centre] Dallas 72 281 m 1985
134
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 281 m 2012
135
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 280 m 2010
136
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 280 m 2011
137
Republic Plaza [Republic Plaza] Singapore 66 280 m 1996
138
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 280 m 2012
139
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 280 m 2012
140
OUB Centre [One Raffles Place] Singapore 63 280 m 1988
141
UOB Plaza One [UOB Plaza] Singapore 66 280 m 1992
142
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 62 279 m 2013
143
Three IFC Office Tower [Seoul International Finance Center] Seoul 55 279 m 2012
144
Citigroup Center New York City 59 279 m 1977
145
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 278 m 2002
146
Trust Tower [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 58 278 m 2013
147
Etihad Tower 1 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 70 278 m 2011
148
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 277 m 2012
149
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 276 m 2006
150
Scotia Plaza [Scotiabank Buildings] Toronto 68 275 m 1988
151
Williams Tower Houston 64 275 m 1983
152
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 273 m 2011
153
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 273 m 2013
154
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 273 m 1998
155
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 273 m 2011
156
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 271 m 2013
157
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 270 m 1974
158
Radisson Royal Hotel [JAL Towers] Dubai 60 270 m 2010
159
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 270 m 2014
160
The Cullinan I [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 270 m 2008
161
The Cullinan II [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 270 m 2008
162
China International Center Tower B [China Plaza] Guangzhou 62 270 m 2007
163
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 269 m 2008
164
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 269 m 2003
165
Naberezhnaya Tower C [Naberezhnaya Tower] Moscow 61 268 m 2007
166
Nation Towers Residential [Nation Towers] Abu Dhabi 65 268 m 2012
167
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 268 m 2013
168
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 268 m 2012
169
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 267 m 2014
170
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 267 m 2012
171
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 267 m 2013
172
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 267 m 2000
173
The Point Panama City 67 266 m 2011
174
The River South Tower [The River] Bangkok 73 266 m 2012
175
900 North Michigan Chicago 66 265 m 1989
176
Bank of America Corporate Center [Bank of America Plaza] Charlotte 60 265 m 1992
177
SunTrust Plaza [SunTrust Plaza] Atlanta 60 265 m 1992
178
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street New York City 76 265 m 2011
179
Al Kazim Tower 1 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 265 m 2008
180
Al Kazim Tower 2 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 265 m 2008
181
Bocom Financial Towers Shanghai 52 265 m 2002
182
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower C [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 70 265 m 2011
183
WBC The Palace 1 Busan 51 265 m 2011
184
WBC The Palace 2 Busan 51 265 m 2011
185
120 Collins Street Melbourne 52 265 m 1991
186
Triumph-Palace Moscow 57 264 m 2005
187
Arts Tower Panama City 80 264 m
188
Tower Palace Three, Tower G [Samsung Tower Palace] Seoul 73 264 m 2004
189
Ubora Tower 1 [Ubora Towers] Dubai 57 263 m 2011
190
Bitexco Financial Tower Ho Chi Minh City 68 262 m 2010
191
Trump World Tower New York City 72 262 m 2001
192
Shenzhen Special Zone Press Tower Shenzhen 48 262 m 1998
193
Water Tower Place Chicago 74 262 m 1976
194
Grand Gateway Shanghai I [Grand Gateway] Shanghai 52 262 m 2005
195
Grand Gateway Shanghai II [Grand Gateway] Shanghai 52 262 m 2005
196
Aon Center Los Angeles 62 262 m 1973
197
Central Park Residential Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 51 261 m
198
Grand Lisboa [Lisboa Casino & Hotel] Macau 47 261 m 2008
199
East Pacific Center Tower B Shenzhen 72 261 m 2013
200
Sapphire Tower Istanbul 54 261 m 2010
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