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Dubai is home to 20% of the world’s tallest buildings



We know that Dubai is home to all things tall and grand – hello, Burj Khalifa – so it comes as little surprise that the city is home to a lot of seriously tall buildings.

According to The Skyscraper Center of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Dubai has 19 of the world’s 100 ‘supertall’ buildings (that’s almost 20 percent!). This is part of the list of the 100 Tallest Completed Buildings in the World.

Other Dubai buildings on the list include Princess Tower which, at 413.4 metres, comes in at number 20, and 23 Marina which measures 392.4 and comes in at number 23. Elite Residence is on the list at 29, Almas Tower at 34, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel (Tower 1 and 2) at 35, and Emirates Tower One at 37.

As well as making the list of the world’s tallest completed buildings, the JW Marriott Marquis is the world’s tallest hotel.

The top ten has some famous landmarks. Of course, the Burj Khalifa takes the top spot at 828 metres, followed by Shanghai Tower at 623. If this confuses you and, like us, you thought that the second tallest building in the world was Tokyo Skytree, allow us to explain – Tokyo skytree is considered a tower rather than a building, and you can read more about the criteria here.

Here’s the full top ten:

1.       Burj Khalifa – Dubai

2.       Shanghai Tower – Shanghai

3.       Makkah Royal Clock Tower – Mecca

4.       Ping An Finance Center – Shenzhen

5.       Lotte World Tower – Seoul

6.       One World Trade Center – New York City

7.       Guangzhou Finance Centre – Guangzhou

8.       TAIPEI 101 – Taipei

9.       International Commerce Centre – Hong Kong

Interestingly, although Dubai has 19 of the world’s tallest completed buildings, it isn’t the city with the world’s most skyscrapers. Hong Kong takes the top spot, with 316 buildings above 150 metres, New York is second with 252 and Dubai is third with 156.

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