Top seven tallest buildings in the world

This article originally appeared on the Telegraph, April 18, 2014

With Saudi Arabia announcing plans to start construction of the world’s tallest tower next week, The Telegraph takes a look at some of the world’s tallest buildings

Petronas Tower: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas Tower, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Photo: ALAMY

Petronas Tower: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, these twin skyscrapers are the tallest twin buildings in the world, coming in at 1,483 feet high and 88 floors. It’s construction in the late 1990s symbolised Malaysia’s emergence on the world stage.

International Commerce Centre: Hong Kong, China


The International Commerce Centre stands at 1,588 feet tall, with a total of 118 floors. It is the tallest building in Hong Kong.

Shanghai World Financial Center: Shanghai, China


The Shanghai World Financial Centre is made up of office space, hotels, and observation decks with a shopping mall on the ground floor. It measures 1,614 feet and has 101 floors. It also has the world’s highest observation deck, standing at 1,555 feet above ground.

Taipei 101: Taipei, Taiwan


The Tapei rises to a grand total of 1,669 feet. It has five floors underground and 101 above. It is also the largest environmentally conscious skyscraper in the world. During national celebrations, Taiwan often launches its fireworks.

One World Trade Center: New York, NY


Also known as the Freedom Tower, this tower is 1,776 feet, and has 104 floors, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It was built to be 1,776 feet in reference to 1776, the year of American Independence.

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel: Mecca, Saudi Arabia


The Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel was built as an attempt to modernise the holy city of Mecca. It is the tallest hotel in the world, the tallest clock-tower, and it also contains the world’s largest clock-face. It stands at 1,972 feet high and has 120 floors.

Burj Khalifa: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The Burj Khalifa, previously known as the Burj Dubai, is the tallest building in the world. It measures 2,723 feet high and has 163 floors. It took five years to build, and was completed in 2009 in Dubai’s main business district.


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