One of the most famous buildings along the Persian Gulf, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at a mighty 828 meters (2,716 feet).
The mega-skyscraper, completed in 2010, has 163 floors, including a hotel, a restaurant, an observation deck and luxury apartments.
According to the developer, the total amount of concrete used to build the tower weighed a whopping 100,000 elephants together.
The pride of Chinese construction, the 632-meter-high (2,073-foot) skyscraper dominates the skyline of Shanghai’s financial district.
It is nicknamed ‘thermos’ because of its unique appearance to help it save energy.
The 128-story structure has the world’s fastest elevators, which take off at a speed of 18 meters (59 feet) per second. It also has the world’s highest observation deck at 561 meters (1,840 feet).
Mecca Royal Clock Tower
Located in the holy city of Mecca, the 76-story building is the centerpiece of a £ 10 billion ($ 15 billion) government-backed complex called Abraj Al Bait.
With a height of 601 meters, the six-year-old building has the world’s largest clock face, measuring 46 meters (151 feet) in diameter. The clock is so large that it can be seen from 25 kilometers (15 miles) away.
The building contains a luxury hotel with 1,618 rooms.
Ping a financial center
With a height of 599 meters (1,965 feet), the impressive building is covered with 1,700 tons of stainless steel and has a futuristic appearance.
Completed in 2017, it is the world’s tallest office building with more than 100 floors dedicated to Ping’an, a major insurance company in China.
In addition to offices, the tower also contains a high-end shopping center, retail spaces, a hotel and a conference center.
Lotte World Tower
The impressive 123-storey skyscraper measures 555 meters high and is located in Seoul, South Korea.
It was only opened to the public four years ago, on April 3, 2017, and is currently the tallest building in all of South Korea.
It has 123 floors and took a total of 13 years of site planning and preparation, while the towering building is home to Korea’s highest observation deck Seoul Sky, which stands at 500 meters.
A World Trade Center
The One World Trade Center in New York, where mainly work offices are located, rises a whopping 546 meters high.
Completed in 2014, it is the main tower of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex and is the tallest building in the United States and the entire Western Hemisphere.
The building also features the One World Observatory, which opened in 2015, rises 381 meters above street level and is a locked observation desk.
Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Financial Center
The mixed-use skyscraper was built in 2016 at a whopping 530 meters and is currently the seventh tallest building in the world.
It features a shopping center, apartments, offices and a hotel on the 111 floors above ground and the five floors below ground. It also houses the world’s fastest elevators, which can reach speeds of up to 21 meters per second.
The tower is located in Guangdong province and was built by the American architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Tianjin Chow Tai Fook financial center
Located in Tianjin, China, the towering financial center measures 530 meters and has 97 floors.
The building has softly curved glass with eight sloping mega columns, while the tapered tower helps to minimize the area exposed to wind, sun and moisture.
Construction of the skyscraper started in 2013 and ended in 2019. It houses a hotel, serviced apartments and offices.
The tower, which is located in Beijing, stands 528 meters above the ground and is considered the ninth tallest building in the world.
Also known as China Zun, the building consists of 109 floors and is the tallest skyscraper in the Chinese city.
The tower will reportedly retain its crown as the tallest building in Beijing after authorities limit new projects in the business district to a height of no more than 180 meters.
Taipei 101, previously known as the Taipei World Financial Center, was considered the world’s tallest building until 2009, when Burj Khalifa overtook it in height.
It has a height of 392.8 meters, while the outdoor observatory was the tallest in the world at the time of its completion.
The 101-story tower, which is located in Taiwan, also features another indoor observatory, which is not open to the public, on the top floor.
Source: New York Post and Emporis