Having the world’s tallest building can be quite a distinction for any country. It helps build up the nation’s status among the world’s best. It also helps put countries into history books at the very least. It has always been a constant race to build taller skyscrapers. Here is the top 5 list of the tallest buildings in the world today.
The tallest building in the world for four years running, the Burj Khalifa still lords it over all the skyscrapers in the world. Located in Dubai, the tallest building stands 828 meters or 2717 feet tall.
Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel
The second tallest building in the world is also in the Middle East. The Makkah Royal Clock Tower stands 601 meters or 1,971 feet tall. It is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
One World Trade Center
The skyscraper that took over the New York site of the World Trade Center twin towers just opened in 2013. It is now the 3rd tallest building in the world at 541 meters or 1,776 feet tall.
This skyscraper located in Taipei, Taiwan was once the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2004. It stands 509 meters or 1,670 feet tall.
Shanghai World Financial Center
The tallest building in China is the fifth tallest building in the world. The Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Shanghai, China and stands 492 meters or 1,614 feet tall. But there will be another skyscraper being built that will take over as China’s tallest building. The Shanghai Tower was topped off at a height of 632 meters or 2,073 feet tall. When completed sometime in 2015, the Shanghai Tower will become the second tallest building in the world.