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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 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
Taipei 101 Taipei 101 1,671 ft 2004
6
Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai 101 1,614 ft 2008
7
International Commerce Centre [Union Square] Hong Kong 118 1,588 ft 2010
8
Petronas Tower 1 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 1,483 ft 1998
9
Petronas Tower 2 [Petronas Towers] Kuala Lumpur 88 1,483 ft 1998
10
Zifeng Tower Nanjing 66 1,476 ft 2010
11
Willis Tower Chicago 108 1,451 ft 1974
12
KK100 Shenzhen 100 1,449 ft 2011
13
Guangzhou International Finance Center [Guangzhou Twin Towers] Guangzhou 103 1,435 ft 2010
14
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 98 1,388 ft 2009
15
Jin Mao Tower Shanghai 88 1,380 ft 1999
16
Two International Finance Centre [International Finance Centre] Hong Kong 88 1,362 ft 2003
17
Princess Tower Dubai 101 1,358 ft 2012
18
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 1,352 ft 2011
19
23 Marina Dubai 89 1,296 ft 2012
20
CITIC Plaza [CITIC Plaza] Guangzhou 80 1,283 ft 1997
21
Shun Hing Square [Shun Hing Square] Shenzhen 69 1,260 ft 1996
22
The Domain [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 88 1,253 ft 2014
23
Empire State Building New York City 102 1,250 ft 1931
24
Elite Residence Dubai 91 1,247 ft 2012
25
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 1,227 ft 1992
26
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 1,205 ft 1990
27
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 1,200 ft 2009
28
Almas Tower Dubai 68 1,191 ft 2009
29
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 1,181 ft 2012
30
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2012
31
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2014
32
Emirates Office Tower [Emirates Towers] Dubai 54 1,163 ft 2000
33
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 1,140 ft 1997
34
Aon Center Chicago 83 1,136 ft 1973
35
The Center Hong Kong 73 1,135 ft 1998
36
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 1,128 ft 1969
37
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 1,123 ft 2014
38
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 1,122 ft 2014
39
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 1,112 ft 2015
40
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 1,112 ft 2014
41
Mercury City Moscow 75 1,112 ft 2013
42
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 1,105 ft 2011
43
The Torch Dubai 79 1,105 ft 2011
44
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 1,102 ft 2012
45
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 1,094 ft 2010
46
Rose Tower Dubai 72 1,093 ft 2007
47
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 1,093 ft 2006
48
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 1,089 ft 2013
49
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 1,087 ft 2007
50
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 1,083 ft 2013
51
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 1,083 ft 2013
52
China World Trade Center Tower III [China World Trade Center] Beijing 74 1,083 ft 2010
53
The Index Dubai 80 1,076 ft 2010
54
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 1,076 ft 2011
55
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 1,076 ft 2013
56
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 1,063 ft 2013
57
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 1,063 ft 2013
58
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower [Shimao No. 1 The Harbour] Yantai 57 1,060 ft
59
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 1,058 ft 2005
60
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 1,053 ft 1999
61
Chrysler Building New York City 77 1,046 ft 1930
62
Teddy Tower [Nina Towers] Hong Kong 80 1,046 ft 2007
63
New York Times Tower New York City 52 1,046 ft 2007
64
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 1,040 ft 2010
65
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 1,023 ft 1992
66
Maoye Plaza 1 [Maoye Plaza] Shenyang 75 1,020 ft 2013
67
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 1,018 ft 1989
68
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 1,017 ft 2001
69
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 1,017 ft 2010
70
Sky Tower [The Gate] Abu Dhabi 74 1,017 ft 2010
71
The Shard [London Bridge Quarter] London 95 1,017 ft 2013
72
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 1,016 ft 2012
73
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 1,015 ft 2014
74
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel [Emirates Towers] Dubai 56 1,014 ft 2000
75
Eurasia Moscow 67 1,013 ft 2014
76
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 1,010 ft 2014
77
Northeast Asia Trade Tower [Songdo New City] Incheon 68 1,010 ft 2011
78
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 1,008 ft 2013
79
AT&T Corporate Center [AT&T - USG Complex] Chicago 60 1,007 ft 1989
80
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 1,004 ft 2013
81
One57 New York City 75 1,004 ft 2014
82
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 1,004 ft 2008
83
600 Travis Street Houston 75 1,002 ft 1982
84
Etihad Tower 2 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 79 1,002 ft 2011
85
Baiyoke Tower II [Baiyoke Towers] Bangkok 85 997 ft 1997
86
Two Prudential Plaza [Prudential Plaza] Chicago 64 995 ft 1990
87
Wuxi Moi City Tower [Moi City] Wuxi 72 994 ft 2013
88
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 993 ft 2012
89
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 992 ft 1983
90
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 992 ft 2002
91
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 990 ft 2013
92
Capital City Moscow Tower [Capital City] Moscow 76 989 ft 2010
93
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 80 988 ft 2011
94
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 70 987 ft 2014
95
Aspire Tower [Sport City] Doha 36 984 ft 2007
96
Abeno Harukas [Abeno Redevelopment Project] Osaka 60 984 ft 2014
97
Arraya Center Office Tower [Arraya Centre] Kuwait City 60 984 ft 2009
98
Gran Torre Santiago [Costanera Center] Santiago 60 984 ft 2014
99
One Island East Centre [Taikoo Place] Hong Kong 69 979 ft 2008
100
First Canadian Place [First Canadian Place] Toronto 72 978 ft 1976
101
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 978 ft 2010
102
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 975 ft 2006
103
Four World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 72 975 ft 2013
104
Comcast Center [Pennsylvania Plaza] Philadelphia 57 974 ft 2008
105
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 972 ft 1993
106
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 971 ft 2008
107
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 965 ft 2010
108
Central Park Office Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 49 964 ft
109
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 961 ft 2011
110
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 961 ft 1990
111
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 958 ft 2011
112
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 957 ft 2000
113
70 Pine Street New York City 66 952 ft 1932
114
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 948 ft 2014
115
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 948 ft 2013
116
Key Tower [Key Center] Cleveland 57 947 ft 1991
117
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 947 ft 2013
118
Plaza 66 Tower 1 [Plaza 66 Nanjing Xi Lu] Shanghai 66 945 ft 2001
119
One Liberty Place [Liberty Place] Philadelphia 61 945 ft 1987
120
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 945 ft 2012
121
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 941 ft 2013
122
Columbia Center Seattle 76 937 ft 1985
123
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 935 ft 2006
124
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 935 ft 2010
125
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 934 ft 2003
126
D1 Tower Dubai 80 932 ft 2013
127
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 929 ft 2005
128
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 928 ft 1999
129
The Trump Building New York City 70 927 ft 1930
130
Addax Tower [C1 & C12 Towers] Abu Dhabi 61 926 ft 2013
131
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 925 ft 2010
132
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 75 924 ft 2011
133
Bank of America Plaza [Main Centre] Dallas 72 921 ft 1985
134
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 921 ft 2012
135
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 919 ft 2010
136
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 919 ft 2011
137
Republic Plaza [Republic Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1996
138
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 919 ft 2012
139
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 919 ft 2012
140
OUB Centre [One Raffles Place] Singapore 63 919 ft 1988
141
UOB Plaza One [UOB Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1992
142
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 62 915 ft 2013
143
Three IFC Office Tower [Seoul International Finance Center] Seoul 55 915 ft 2012
144
Citigroup Center New York City 59 915 ft 1977
145
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 913 ft 2002
146
Trust Tower [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 58 912 ft 2013
147
Etihad Tower 1 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 70 911 ft 2011
148
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 909 ft 2012
149
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 906 ft 2006
150
Scotia Plaza [Scotiabank Buildings] Toronto 68 902 ft 1988
151
Williams Tower Houston 64 901 ft 1983
152
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 896 ft 2011
153
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 896 ft 2013
154
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 896 ft 1998
155
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 895 ft 2011
156
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 889 ft 2013
157
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 886 ft 1974
158
Radisson Royal Hotel [JAL Towers] Dubai 60 886 ft 2010
159
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 886 ft 2014
160
The Cullinan I [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
161
The Cullinan II [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
162
China International Center Tower B [China Plaza] Guangzhou 62 884 ft 2007
163
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 883 ft 2008
164
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 883 ft 2003
165
Naberezhnaya Tower C [Naberezhnaya Tower] Moscow 61 881 ft 2007
166
Nation Towers Residential [Nation Towers] Abu Dhabi 65 879 ft 2012
167
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 879 ft 2013
168
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 879 ft 2012
169
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 876 ft 2014
170
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 876 ft 2012
171
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 876 ft 2013
172
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 876 ft 2000
173
The Point Panama City 67 873 ft 2011
174
The River South Tower [The River] Bangkok 73 872 ft 2012
175
900 North Michigan Chicago 66 871 ft 1989
176
Bank of America Corporate Center [Bank of America Plaza] Charlotte 60 871 ft 1992
177
SunTrust Plaza [SunTrust Plaza] Atlanta 60 871 ft 1992
178
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street New York City 76 870 ft 2011
179
Al Kazim Tower 1 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
180
Al Kazim Tower 2 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
181
Bocom Financial Towers Shanghai 52 869 ft 2002
182
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower C [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 70 869 ft 2011
183
WBC The Palace 1 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
184
WBC The Palace 2 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
185
120 Collins Street Melbourne 52 869 ft 1991
186
Triumph-Palace Moscow 57 866 ft 2005
187
Arts Tower Panama City 80 866 ft
188
Tower Palace Three, Tower G [Samsung Tower Palace] Seoul 73 865 ft 2004
189
Ubora Tower 1 [Ubora Towers] Dubai 57 862 ft 2011
190
Bitexco Financial Tower Ho Chi Minh City 68 861 ft 2010
191
Trump World Tower New York City 72 861 ft 2001
192
Shenzhen Special Zone Press Tower Shenzhen 48 860 ft 1998
193
Water Tower Place Chicago 74 859 ft 1976
194
Grand Gateway Shanghai I [Grand Gateway] Shanghai 52 859 ft 2005
195
Grand Gateway Shanghai II [Grand Gateway] Shanghai 52 859 ft 2005
196
Aon Center Los Angeles 62 858 ft 1973
197
Central Park Residential Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 51 857 ft
198
Grand Lisboa [Lisboa Casino & Hotel] Macau 47 856 ft 2008
199
East Pacific Center Tower B Shenzhen 72 856 ft 2013
200
Sapphire Tower Istanbul 54 856 ft 2010
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