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The world’s tallest skyscrapers

Since ancient times, mankind has built huge facilities. From the pyramids of Egypt, which were the tallest building in the world until the fourteenth century, to the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai with a length of 828 meters. In this article, we will review the ranking of the tallest buildings in the world, we have included skyscrapers and towers that are still under construction.


15 tallest buildings in the world

1. Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa Building, also known as the Burj Dubai, is the tallest building in the world. Designed by Adrian Smith for Skidmore, it rises 828 meters over Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The project budget was estimated at more than $ 4,000 million, and it was increased to $ 20,000 million for the full development of the Downtown Burj Khalifa area. Its construction began on September 21, 2004, and it was officially inaugurated on January 4, 2010. The tower contains a hotel, private residences, offices and restaurants, and it also has the fastest elevators in the world.

2. Ping An Financial Center

This 115-story skyscraper is located in Shenzhen , China , and is commissioned by Ping An Insurance. It is currently under construction and will become the second tallest building in the world, and the tallest in China, with a total height of 660 meters. Another building will be built next to this skyscraper with a length of 307 meters and 66 floors as a hotel.

3. Tokyo Sky Space

It was built in Sumida in the Japanese capital Tokyo, and was previously known as “New Tokyo Tower”; It is the third tallest building in the world, with a height of 634 meters. It was launched on May 22, 2012.

4. Shanghai Central Tower

It is a skyscraper located in the Pudong district of Shanghai . The building has an approximate height of 632 meters, with 121 floors, and its area is 420,000 square meters. It is the second tallest building in China, and by height it is the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world.

5. Pentominion Dubai

It is a skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will reach a height of 616 meters and will have 122 floors. In the first design it was 516 meters long, but at the end they added a needle about 100 meters high at the top. This will be the tallest residential building in the world so far, becoming the second tallest building in the emirate of Dubai after the Burj Khalifa.

6. Abraj Al Bait

Abraj Al Bait, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, is the largest building ever built in the world by size, the tallest building in Saudi Arabia and the sixth tallest building in the world with a height of 601 meters.

The 120-storey complex includes a five-star hotel, a shopping center and a visible clock tower. It is located near the Grand Mosque in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in western Saudi Arabia, where this place is considered by Muslims to be the most sacred place in the world. For this reason, Abraj Al Bait has a prayer space, with a capacity of approximately 4,000 people.

7. Canton TV Tower

Canton Tower, formerly known as the Guangzhou TV Tower in the People’s Republic of China, went into effect on September 29, 2010 at the 2010 Asian Games. It is the seventh tallest building in the world with a height of 600 meters, it is only one meter higher than the House Towers. It has an innovative and very artistic design with distinct shape, size and structure.


8. Canada’s National Tower

 It is located in the Canadian city center of Toronto. With a height of 553.33 meters, it was the highest tower in the world from 1975 to 2010. It includes an observatory at a height of 447 meters, and it is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is the main symbol of the city of Toronto and attracts more than 2 million tourists every year.

9. Oneworld Trade Center

 Located in the area called Point Zero, where the Twin Towers were destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 in New York, it is a 541-meter skyscraper to be the tallest building in the United States. The One Word Trade Center is the largest of the four buildings of a complex called the World Trade Center , and the smallest of these buildings opened in 2013.

10. Ostankino Tower (Moscow Radio and Television Tower)

This tower is located in the Russian capital Moscow, with a height of 540 meters, it is the tallest communication tower in Europe and the third in the world. Built between 1963 and 1967, this tower was the tallest building in the world for eight years. Ostankino Tower contains a restaurant located at a height of 328 – 334 meters and occupies 3 floors, has a circular shape and rotates on its axis at a speed ranging between one and three laps per hour. However, due to the fire that occurred in the year 2000, the restaurant remains closed, but not mainly, as it can be visited through excursions organized in groups.

11. Taipei 101 tower

It is a skyscraper in Taipei (Taiwan) with a total height of 509 meters. It consists of 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. Its construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2004. It is the tallest ecological skyscraper in the world and its lighting was changed to commemorate many events. During construction in March 2002, the city was shaken by an earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale, some cranes collapsed causing damage to vehicles and causing the deaths of five people.

12. Shanghai World Financial Center

It is a skyscraper in Shanghai, China. Its total height is 492 meters, and it has 101 floors and 31 elevators. Construction began on August 27, 1997 and ended on August 30, 2008. Its design is unique in the world because it has an opening like the Insignia Tower in Shanghai. It was designed in this way as a solution to relieve wind pressure on the building.

In the first design, this hole was circular, but it was decided to change its shape because the circle symbolizes the flag of its economic competitor, Japan, so it was replaced by a trapezoid. This building is the greatest example of the mistrust that has always existed between China and Japan.

13. International Trade Center

Located in the Chinese city of Hong Kong, this stunning skyscraper was designed to reach a height of 574 meters with 102 floors, however, regulation prohibiting buildings in this region from being higher than the surrounding mountains led to its construction eventually being 484 meters high and 118 floors. It was completed in 2010. It houses a stunning Ritz-Carlton hotel on the last 15 floors, making it the tallest hotel in the world.

14. Pearl Trineau Tower

The modern communication tower is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. Its height reaches 468 meters, so it has become a symbol of the city and one of the main tourist attractions. This tower was built in 1995, and there is a view of about 350 meters high called “Space Unit”. There is another view at 263 meters which is known as “Space City”. The tower also contains a revolving restaurant at a height of 267 meters.

15. Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers, located in Kuala Lumpur, are a symbol of Malaysia, and were the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2003, surpassed on October 17, 2003 by Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Currently, it is the tallest twin towers in the world, with a height of 452 meters and 88 floors with 78 elevators. Among all the buildings on this list are the most famous buildings around the world along with the Burj Khalifa and the National Tower of Canada.

And as an important note, it is necessary to note that I did not include “the Sky City Building”, a skyscraper that was discontinued in Changsha, China. And if built, it would be the tallest building in the world to have 202 floors and a total height of 838 meters, surpassing Burj Khalifa in Dubai by 10 meters.

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