9 Tallest Buildings Around the World

March 6, 2014

If you’re not afraid of heights and instead revel in the size of skyscrapers and the view from platforms on giant buildings, then a tour of the world’s tallest buildings might be the trip of a lifetime.

Your quest to find the world’s tallest buildings will take you from the United States – Chicago and New York, to be exact- to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China and Taipei. A Canadian structure also made the list. Here it is – a list of the ten tallest buildings in the world.


1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

First opened on Jan. 17, 2009, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper measures 2,722 feet in height. Around the building, visitors will find various options for entertainment, shopping and hotels.

For LGBT travelers: be mindful of anti-LGBT laws when visiting the United Arab Emirates.


2. Makkah Clock Royal Tower, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

This building is known as much for the giant clock face that can be seen up to 25 kilometers away as it is for its height. The clock tower and hotel rises 1,972 feet from the ground. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in 2012. This building consists of 120 floors above the ground and three below ground.  There are 94 elevators servicing the building.

For LGBT travelers: be mindful of anti-LGBT laws when visiting Saudi Arabia.

3. The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall. It is known for having the tallest observation deck on record, at 1,465 feet. Inside the tower, visitors will find the 360 Restaurant, which boasts market-fresh cuisine and revolving views of the city below. There are several other attractions, like shopping, the Legends of Flight 3D and an environmental voyage called the Himalamazon.

4. One World Trade, New York, New York

Still under construction, the building, a memorial of sort to the 9/11 incident, is already the tallest in New York City. When complete, the structure will rise 1,776 feet.

5. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

Located in the Xinyi District of Taipei, the office building called Taipei 101 rises 1,667 feet from the ground. From 2004 until 2009, it bore the distinction of being the tallest building in the world, up until the Burj Khalifa was completed.


6. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China

This building measures 1,555 feet tall and has multiple observation decks, at 1,388 feet and 1,440 feet in height.


7. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This set of twin towers rises 1,483 feet above Kuala Lumpur. Visitors can cross the skybridge linking the two towers at levels 41 and 42 or wander through the gift shop. The beauty of this structure is in the stunning views of Kuala Lumpur that it affords visitors.

For LGBT travelers: be mindful of anti-LGBT laws when visiting Malaysia.


8. Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China

Also known as Greenland Square or Greenland Center, this tower rises 1,476 feet from Nanjing.  According to the building’s web site, the tower, located in Jiangsu Province, is home to offices, a hotel and a shopping center. A sightseeing tour is located on the 72nd floor of the building.


9. The Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

Once known as the Sears Tower, the renamed Willis Tower measures 1,451 feet tall. It is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the city of Chicago.

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April Bamburg
April Bamburg is a freelance writer specializing in community news, travel writing, press releases and other blog posts. She dreams of traveling the world and getting lost in Italy, Turkey or even Scotland.

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