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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 1,356 ft 2012
18
Al Hamra Tower Kuwait City 80 1,352 ft 2011
19
23 Marina Dubai 89 1,289 ft 2012
20
CITIC Plaza [CITIC Plaza] Guangzhou 80 1,283 ft 1997
21
Eton Place Dalian 1 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 81 1,274 ft 2014
22
Shun Hing Square [Shun Hing Square] Shenzhen 69 1,260 ft 1996
23
The Domain [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 88 1,253 ft 2014
24
Empire State Building New York City 102 1,250 ft 1931
25
Elite Residence Dubai 91 1,248 ft 2012
26
Central Plaza Hong Kong 78 1,227 ft 1992
27
Bank of China Tower Hong Kong 70 1,205 ft 1990
28
Bank of America Tower New York City 58 1,200 ft 2009
29
Almas Tower Dubai 68 1,191 ft 2009
30
The Pinnacle Guangzhou 60 1,181 ft 2012
31
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2012
32
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 [JW Marriott Marquis Dubai] Dubai 77 1,165 ft 2014
33
Emirates Office Tower [Emirates Towers] Dubai 54 1,163 ft 2000
34
Tuntex Sky Tower Kaohsiung City 85 1,140 ft 1997
35
Aon Center Chicago 83 1,136 ft 1973
36
The Center Hong Kong 73 1,135 ft 1998
37
John Hancock Center Chicago 100 1,128 ft 1969
38
ADNOC Headquarters Abu Dhabi 75 1,123 ft 2014
39
Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai 76 1,122 ft 2014
40
The Wharf Times Square Wuxi 68 1,112 ft 2015
41
Global Financial Building Chongqing 73 1,112 ft 2014
42
Mercury City Moscow 75 1,112 ft 2013
43
Tianjin Global Financial Center Tianjin 72 1,105 ft 2011
44
The Torch Dubai 79 1,105 ft 2011
45
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower Hanoi 72 1,102 ft 2012
46
Wenzhou Trade Center Wenzhou 68 1,094 ft 2010
47
Rose Tower Dubai 72 1,093 ft 2007
48
Shimao International Plaza Shanghai 66 1,093 ft 2006
49
Modern Media Center Changzhou 57 1,089 ft 2013
50
Minsheng Bank Building Wuhan 68 1,087 ft 2007
51
Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang 105 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
Al Yaqoub Tower Dubai 72 1,076 ft 2013
55
Longxi International Hotel Jiangyin 74 1,076 ft 2011
56
Wuxi Suning Plaza Wuxi 68 1,076 ft 2013
57
Deji Plaza Phase II Nanjing 62 1,063 ft 2013
58
The Landmark Abu Dhabi 72 1,063 ft 2013
59
Shimao No.1 The Harbour Main Tower [Shimao No. 1 The Harbour] Yantai 57 1,060 ft
60
Q1 Tower Gold Coast City 80 1,058 ft 2005
61
Burj Al Arab Dubai 60 1,053 ft 1999
62
Chrysler Building New York City 77 1,046 ft 1930
63
Teddy Tower [Nina Towers] Hong Kong 80 1,046 ft 2007
64
New York Times Tower New York City 52 1,046 ft 2007
65
HHHR Tower Dubai 72 1,040 ft 2010
66
Bank of America Plaza Atlanta 55 1,023 ft 1992
67
Maoye Plaza 1 [Maoye Plaza] Shenyang 75 1,020 ft 2013
68
US Bank Tower Los Angeles 73 1,018 ft 1989
69
Menara Telekom Kuala Lumpur 55 1,017 ft 2001
70
Ocean Heights Dubai 82 1,017 ft 2010
71
Sky Tower [The Gate] Abu Dhabi 74 1,017 ft 2010
72
The Shard [London Bridge Quarter] London 95 1,017 ft 2013
73
Pearl River Tower Guangzhou 71 1,016 ft 2012
74
Guangzhou Fortune Center Guangzhou 68 1,015 ft 2014
75
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel [Emirates Towers] Dubai 56 1,014 ft 2000
76
Eurasia Tower Moscow 67 1,013 ft 2014
77
Burj Rafal Riyadh 68 1,010 ft 2014
78
Northeast Asia Trade Tower [Songdo New City] Incheon 68 1,010 ft 2011
79
Cayan Tower Dubai 73 1,008 ft 2013
80
AT&T Corporate Center [AT&T - USG Complex] Chicago 60 1,007 ft 1989
81
One57 New York City 75 1,005 ft 2014
82
East Pacific Center Tower A Shenzhen 85 1,004 ft 2013
83
The Address Downtown Dubai Dubai 63 1,004 ft 2008
84
600 Travis Street Houston 75 1,002 ft 1982
85
Etihad Tower 2 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 79 1,002 ft 2011
86
Baiyoke Tower II [Baiyoke Towers] Bangkok 85 997 ft 1997
87
Two Prudential Plaza [Prudential Plaza] Chicago 64 995 ft 1990
88
Wuxi Moi City Tower [Moi City] Wuxi 72 994 ft 2013
89
Leatop Plaza Guangzhou 65 993 ft 2012
90
Wells Fargo Plaza Houston 71 992 ft 1983
91
Kingdom Centre Riyadh 32 992 ft 2002
92
Gate to the East Suzhou 74 990 ft 2013
93
Capital City Moscow Tower [Capital City] Moscow 76 989 ft 2010
94
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 80 988 ft 2011
95
Heung Kong Tower Shenzhen 70 987 ft 2014
96
Aspire Tower [Sport City] Doha 36 984 ft 2007
97
Abeno Harukas [Abeno Redevelopment Project] Osaka 60 984 ft 2014
98
Arraya Center Office Tower [Arraya Centre] Kuwait City 60 984 ft 2009
99
Gran Torre Santiago [Costanera Center] Santiago 60 984 ft 2014
100
One Island East Centre [Taikoo Place] Hong Kong 69 979 ft 2008
101
First Canadian Place [First Canadian Place] Toronto 72 978 ft 1976
102
Shanghai Wheelock Square Shanghai 58 978 ft 2010
103
Eureka Tower Melbourne 91 975 ft 2006
104
Four World Trade Center [New World Trade Center] New York City 72 975 ft 2014
105
Comcast Center [Pennsylvania Plaza] Philadelphia 57 974 ft 2008
106
Yokohama Landmark Tower Yokohama 73 972 ft 1993
107
Emirates Crown Dubai 63 971 ft 2008
108
Khalid Al Attar Tower 2 Dubai 65 965 ft 2010
109
Central Park Office Tower [Central Park Towers Plot 08] Dubai 49 964 ft
110
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama City 68 961 ft 2011
111
311 South Wacker Chicago 65 961 ft 1990
112
Greenland Puli Center Jinan 61 960 ft 2015
113
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 2 Busan 72 958 ft 2011
114
SEG Plaza Shenzhen 70 957 ft 2000
115
70 Pine Street New York City 66 952 ft 1932
116
Guiyang Hunter Douglas International Plaza Guiyang 69 951 ft 2014
117
Busan International Finance Center Landmark Tower Busan 63 948 ft 2014
118
Global Trade Plaza Dongguan 68 948 ft 2013
119
Key Tower [Key Center] Cleveland 57 947 ft 1991
120
Park Hyatt Guangzhou Guangzhou 66 947 ft 2014
121
Plaza 66 Tower 1 [Plaza 66 Nanjing Xi Lu] Shanghai 66 945 ft 2001
122
One Liberty Place [Liberty Place] Philadelphia 61 945 ft 1987
123
Soochow International Plaza East Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
124
Soochow International Plaza West Tower Huzhou 50 945 ft 2014
125
Yingli Tower Chongqing 58 945 ft 2012
126
Chongqing Poly International Tower Chongqing 58 941 ft 2013
127
Columbia Center Seattle 76 937 ft 1985
128
Millennium Tower Dubai 60 935 ft 2006
129
Sulafa Tower Dubai 75 935 ft 2010
130
Tomorrow Square Shanghai 55 934 ft 2003
131
D1 Tower Dubai 80 932 ft 2014
132
Chongqing World Trade Center Chongqing 60 929 ft 2005
133
Cheung Kong Centre Hong Kong 62 928 ft 1999
134
The Trump Building New York City 70 927 ft 1930
135
Addax Tower [C1 & C12 Towers] Abu Dhabi 61 926 ft 2014
136
SPG Global Tower A Suzhou 49 925 ft 2010
137
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower B [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 75 924 ft 2011
138
Bank of America Plaza [Main Centre] Dallas 72 921 ft 1985
139
Torre Vitri Panama City 75 921 ft 2012
140
Excellence Century Plaza Tower 1 Shenzhen 60 919 ft 2010
141
Marina Pinnacle Dubai 73 919 ft 2011
142
Republic Plaza [Republic Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1996
143
Shimao Didang New City Main Tower Shaoxing 56 919 ft 2012
144
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza Zhengzhou 56 919 ft 2012
145
OUB Centre [One Raffles Place] Singapore 63 919 ft 1988
146
UOB Plaza One [UOB Plaza] Singapore 66 919 ft 1992
147
Eton Place Dalian Tower 2 [Eton Place Dalian] Dalian 62 915 ft 2013
148
Three IFC Office Tower [Seoul International Finance Center] Seoul 55 915 ft 2012
149
Citigroup Center New York City 59 915 ft 1977
150
Hong Kong New World Tower Shanghai 61 913 ft 2002
151
Trust Tower [Central Market] Abu Dhabi 58 912 ft 2013
152
Etihad Tower 1 [Etihad Towers] Abu Dhabi 70 911 ft 2011
153
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Toronto 57 909 ft 2012
154
Diwang International Commerce Center Nanning 54 906 ft 2006
155
Scotia Plaza [Scotiabank Buildings] Toronto 68 902 ft 1988
156
Williams Tower Houston 64 901 ft 1983
157
Nantong Zhongnan International Plaza Nantong 53 897 ft 2011
158
Aura [Residences of College Park] Toronto 78 896 ft 2014
159
Lvjing Tower Shenzhen 56 896 ft 2011
160
Shimao International Center Office Tower Fuzhou 56 896 ft 2013
161
Wuhan World Trade Tower Wuhan 58 896 ft 1998
162
Haeundae I'Park Marina Tower 1 Busan 66 895 ft 2011
163
United International Mansion Chongqing 64 889 ft 2013
164
Renaissance Tower Dallas 56 886 ft 1974
165
Radisson Royal Hotel [JAL Towers] Dubai 60 886 ft 2010
166
Shanghai City Changjiang Travel Plaza Tower Chongqing 58 886 ft 2014
167
The Cullinan I [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
168
The Cullinan II [Union Square] Hong Kong 68 886 ft 2008
169
China International Center Tower B [China Plaza] Guangzhou 62 884 ft 2007
170
One Lujiazui Shanghai 47 883 ft 2008
171
21st Century Tower Dubai 55 883 ft 2003
172
Naberezhnaya Tower C [Naberezhnaya Tower] Moscow 61 881 ft 2007
173
Nation Towers Residential [Nation Towers] Abu Dhabi 65 879 ft 2012
174
Suzhou Center Suzhou 52 879 ft 2013
175
Xinhe Delta Beichen Project Changsha 45 879 ft 2014
176
Bank of Guangzhou Tower Guangzhou 57 879 ft 2012
177
Lotte Center Hanoi 65 876 ft 2014
178
Menara Carigali Kuala Lumpur 60 876 ft 2012
179
Bicsa Financial Center Panama City 68 876 ft 2013
180
Al Faisaliyah Center Riyadh 30 876 ft 2000
181
The Point Panama City 67 873 ft 2011
182
The River South Tower [The River] Bangkok 73 872 ft 2012
183
900 North Michigan Chicago 66 871 ft 1989
184
Bank of America Corporate Center [Bank of America Plaza] Charlotte 60 871 ft 1992
185
SunTrust Plaza [SunTrust Plaza] Atlanta 60 871 ft 1992
186
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street New York City 76 870 ft 2011
187
Al Kazim Tower 1 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
188
Al Kazim Tower 2 [Al Kazim Towers] Dubai 53 869 ft 2008
189
Bocom Financial Towers Shanghai 52 869 ft 2002
190
Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower C [Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith] Busan 70 869 ft 2011
191
WBC The Palace 1 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
192
WBC The Palace 2 Busan 51 869 ft 2011
193
120 Collins Street Melbourne 52 869 ft 1991
194
Triumph-Palace Moscow 57 866 ft 2005
195
Arts Tower Panama City 80 866 ft
196
Tower Palace Three, Tower G [Samsung Tower Palace] Seoul 73 865 ft 2004
197
Ubora Tower 1 [Ubora Towers] Dubai 57 862 ft 2011
198
Bitexco Financial Tower Ho Chi Minh City 68 861 ft 2010
199
Trump World Tower New York City 72 861 ft 2001
200
Shenzhen Special Zone Press Tower Shenzhen 48 860 ft 1998
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