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Cities With The Tallest Buildings

Updated on October 22, 2011

Dubai

Dubai is a global city and hub for business. Dubai's economy was based on the oil industry, but now its main revenues are from tourism, real estate, and financial services.

Dubai attracts world attention by constructing large innovative projects and holding different sports events. In this hub city the world’s tallest skyscraper ever built by man is located, Burj Khalifa, which is around 828 meters tall. The construction was completed on 1 October 2009 and officially it was opened on 4 January 2010.

In June 2010, Burj Khalifa was awarded the 2010 'Best Tall Building' for the Middle East & Africa. To add to its beauty a record-setting fountain system was designed, illuminating 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
Taipei 101
Taipei 101

Taipei

Taipei City is the largest city of Taiwan. Taipei is located on the Danshui River, about 25 km southwest of Keelung, which is its port on the Pacific Ocean.

This city is the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan. The National Taiwan University, National Palace Museum, and the world’s second largest skyscraper, Taipei 101is located here. Taipei 101 is a 509 meter tall skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan.

The building comprises of 101 floors above the ground and 5 floors underground. The tower can well survive through typhoons and earthquakes and have a multi-level shopping mall, which is attached to tower houses where there are hundreds of stylish stores, restaurants and clubs.

Shanghai World Financial Center.
Shanghai World Financial Center.

Shanghai

Shanghai is a metropolis in eastern China. It is located at the middle part of the coast of mainland China. Previously it was a fishing and textiles town, but now it is opened to foreign trade because of the most suitable port location.

The city is a tourist attraction and for historical landmarks such as the Bund and City God Temple, and the modern and expanding Pudong skyline. Here the Shanghai World Financial Center is located.

It is world’s third tallest skyscraper and used for mixed purposes like offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. It is 492 meters tall. 

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong.
International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong.

West Kowloon

West Kowloon is a part of Kowloon, Hong Kong located in Yau Tsim Mong District. Canton Road is in the east, Victoria Harbor in the west and the south, and Jordan Road in north. It is used for mixed commercial, residential and leisure development.

The International Commerce Centre, 484 meter tall skyscraper with 118 floors is located here. The development is owned and together developed by MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties. Its construction took place between years 2007 and 2010.

After completion in 2010, skyscraper became Hong Kong's tallest building and world’s third highest, after Burj Khalifa and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

The Petronas Twin Towers.
The Petronas Twin Towers.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. The city is spread to an area of 244 km2, and had an estimated population of 1.6 million in 2006. It is the fastest growing city in the country, population as well as economy wise, and is an economic and business center of the country.

In addition it is a centre for finance, insurance, real estate, media and the arts of Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers, 452 meter tall is located here. The towers do remain the tallest twin buildings in the world. It took seven years to complete the construction which was done by 1998.

The two towers have 76 lifts, including 29 double-decker high speed passenger lifts in each tower, and each double-decker elevator carries 26 persons. It also have Skybridge link to next building, which connects both towers at 41 and 42 floor.

The Nanjing Greenland Financial Center.
The Nanjing Greenland Financial Center.

Nanjing

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province, China. It is located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone. Being one of China's most important cities, it is listed as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.

Nanjing has also served as a national hub of education, research, transportation and tourism throughout history and will host the Youth Olympics. The Nanjing Greenland Financial Center located here is a 450 meter tall skyscraper completed in April 2010.

The building has trade and office space in the lower section of the building, and restaurants and public shops near the top. It has 89 stories. In 2008 dual purpose tower was the second tallest building in China and the 5th tallest building in the world.

On the 72nd floor it provides a clear view of Nanjing and the Yangtze River nearby, and the Ningzheng Ridge Mountains. 

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