JEHDA TOWER, SAUDI ARABIA
The Jeddha Tower in Saudi Arabia is all set to seize the title of the world's tallest skyscraper from Dubai's Burj Khalifa in 2020. Now that the funding for the ambitious $US 1.2 billion project is secured, the new 200-storeyed building will stand tall at 3,280 feet (1 km). Here’s a look at the other skyscrapers from across the globe.
BURJ KHALIFA, UAE
Since its completion in 2010, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been the tallest building in the world. Designed by the architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, it is a mighty 2,722 feet (828 m) tall and has 163 floors.
SHANGHAI TOWER, CHINA
At a height of 2073 feet (632 m), the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China. On completion, this structure would be home to the world's fastest elevators, which will climb the tower at the speed of 18 metres per second.
SUPER TOWER, THAILAND
In 2014, a Thai property developer Grand Canal Land Plc (G Land) proposed to build Super Tower, the tallest building in ASEAN, standing at 2,018 feet (615 m). The mixed-use tower will comprise 125 storeys and will take atleast six years to complete.
MAKKAH ROYAL CLOCK TOWER, SAUDI ARABIA
The third tallest building in the world is the Makkah Royal Clock Tower located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, whose most striking feature is its clock tower. The clock face is so large that the clock can be seen from 25 kilometres away. The height of the building is 1970 feet (around 600 m).
ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, USA
Initially called the Freedom Tower, at 1,776 ft tall (541.3 m), One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Built on the site of the destroyed Twin Towers, it took 10,000 workers 12 years to complete the 104-floor building.
CTF FINANCE CENTRE, CHINA
Due to be completed in 2016, the fifth-tallest skyscraper — CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou — is a mixed-use tower that will feature office space, a hotel, apartments and a shopping centre in its podium. It will be a 1739 feet (530 m) tall building. (Pictured) Guangzhou, China skyline on the Pearl River.
TAIPEI 101, TAIWAN
Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2007, when the Burj Khalifa overtook the title. A winner of the 2004 Emporis Skyscraper Award, Taipei 101 is named for its location and for the number of storeys in the building: 101. It is approx. 1640 feet (500 m) tall.
SHANGHAI WORLD FINANCIAL CENTRE, CHINA
The Shanghai World Financial Centre, also known as the bottle-opener due to its shape, measures just 52 feet (16 m) less than Taipei 101.
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE CENTRE, HONG KONG
One of five Chinese buildings in the top ten, Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre is 1588 feet (484 m) tall and houses the Ritz-Carlton - the world's highest hotel - on its top 13 floors.
THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, MALAYSIA
The Petronas Towers held the title of the world's tallest structures between 1998 and 2004, when they were overtaken by Taipei 101. The Malaysian landmark is of the same height as the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong and is a popular photo spot for tourists.
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