The 10 Highest Skyscrapers of the World

Published July 26th, 2022 - 06:05 GMT
The 10 Highest Skyscrapers in the World
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If we were to talk about the human legacy as of today, building breathtaking sites and sky-touching buildings are some of the first to be mentioned, which tend to appear in people's "visiting the world's highest skyscrapers" bucket list items.

In definition, skyscrapers are buildings that are as high as 100 meters (330 ft), which means that humanity has constructed over 22,791 skyscrapers so far. 

According to the Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat website, China comes in the first rank in terms of the number of skyscrapers built so far, with 2,960 buildings higher than 150 meters, and 964 buildings over 200 meters, besides 102 buildings over 300 meters. Hong Kong has the biggest collection of skyscrapers in China.

The United States comes in 2nd place with 857 buildings over 150 meters, 232 over 200 meters, and 29 over 300 meters with New York being home to the biggest number of skyscrapers in the country.

In third place, we see the United Arab Emirate of Dubai with a total of 482 skyscrapers, including the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which has maintained its global rank since 2010.

South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Canada, and Thailand fill in the remaining spots when it comes to countries with the Highest Skyscrapers in the World.

In regards to the cities with the most skyscrapers in the Middle East, Doha (ranked 19th), Riyadh (21), Kuwait City (27), Manama (28), Beirut (40), and Amman (49) are mentioned following Dubai's 3rd rank globally.

The 10 Highest Skyscrapers of the World

In the following list, you can take a look at the world's highest skyscrapers as of July 2022, the same month that witnessed the Saudi announcement of plans to build a $1 trillion desert skyscraper called The Mirror Line at the under-construction Neom city near the Gulf of Aqaba.

If you're keen on visiting some of the world's highest skyscrapers currently, now you can add a few more items to your bucket list ;

1. Burj Khalifa

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Since it was open to the public in January 2010, the 830 meter-high Burj Khalifa continues to be the world's highest skyscraper and it is named after the UAE's late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The building was constructed in Dubai, UAE by Emaar Properties PJSC with the total cost of $1.5 billion USD. It consists of hotels, shopping malls, offices, and residential apartments. 

2. Shanghai Tower

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Opened in September 2015, the second of the highest skyscrapers of the world is owned by Yeti Construction and Development which is made up of several state-owned development companies.

The Shanghai Tower is 632 meters high and the cost of its conscutrction reached $2.4 billion USD.

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower

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Located just by the Great Mosque of Mecca at Islam's holiest site, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower consists of residential units, shopping malls, and a 5-star Fairmont Hotel. 

The construction of the 601-meter-high tower, the highest in Saudi Arabia, started in 2004 and was finalized in 2012 with a total cost of $15 billion USD.

4. Ping An Finance Center

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The tallest building in Shenzhen, the second tallest in China, and the fourth tallest building in the world, the Ping An Finance Center was built in 2017 as the headquarters of the Chinese Ping An Insurance. 

The world's fourth highest skyscraper is 599 high and its construction did cost $1.5 billion USD.

5. Lotte World Tower

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Located in Seoul's Songpa District, the Lotte World Tower was built in 2017 by the Lotte Engineering & Construction company to be the fifth of the highest skyscrapers in the world at 555 meters.

The total cost of constructing the Lotte World Tower was estimated to be around $2.5 billion USD and it includes galleries, cafés, and a luxury hotel, in addition to a skywalk and an observation deck.

6. One World Trade Center

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The Manhatten landmark was developed in November 2014 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey b. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, replacing the world trade towers that were destroyed amid the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The new tower cost $3.9 billion USD and is 546 meters tall, making it the sixth of the world's highest skyscrapers.

7. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre 

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At the heart of China's Guangzhou city, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre was built in 2019 to be the world's seventh highest skyscraper, with offices, apartments, and hotels.

The Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is 530 meters high and its total cost was estimated to be around $1.2 billion USD.

8. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

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Opened in October 2016, the Chinese Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre's cost reached $1.2 billion with a hotel, serviced apartments, and offices extending for 530 meters, making it the eighth of the highest skyscrapers in the world.

9. CITIC Tower

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The Beijing CITIC Tower is 528 meters high with a total cost of $3.35 billion USD. 

It is the corporate headquarters of the Chinese state-owned CITIC Group Investment company and was opened in July 2017. It is the world's ninth highest skyscraper.

10. TAIPEI 101

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Opened in 2004, the TAIPEI 101 is the world's tenth highest skyscraper with 508 meters and a total cost of $1.8 billion USD and is known for its unique design featuring pan-Chinese and Asian elements mixed with a postmodern architectural style.


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