40 Tallest Buildings in the World

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40. Elite Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 1,248 feet (380.5m). 87 floors. Completed 2012.Tameer Holding

Dubai and China have overtaken Manhattan as the home of the supertall tower – more than half of the world's 40 tallest buildings are in China – but the U.S. has a very respectable five. 

New York's Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until it was overtaken by the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1971. It went back to being New York's tallest building after the September 11 attacks in 2001, but is now only the third tallest building in the Big Apple. Is it still one of the 40 tallest buildings in the world? 

Data from The Skyscraper Center. We have included buildings which are still under construction but which have reached their maximum height. 

 

 

39. Empire State Building, New York City, United States. 1,250 feet (381m). 102 floors. Completed 1931. World's tallest building from 1931 to 1971. Took less than 14 months to construct.Lucas Jackson/Reuters
38. Burj Mohammed bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 1,251 feet (381.2m). 88 floors. Completed 2014.Foster & Partners
37. Logan Century Center 1, Nanning, China. 1,251 feet (381.3m). 82 floors. Completed 2017.Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man Architects and Engineers
36. Eton Place Dalian Tower 1, Dalian, China. 1,257 feet (383.2m). 80 floors. Completed 2015.Creative Commons, JesseW900
35. Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China. 1,260 feet (384m). 69 floors. Completed 1996.Creative Commons, Kyman Cheng
34. Capital Market Authority Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1,263 feet (385m). 76 floors. Estimated completion 2018.DOQ
33. Shum Yip Upperhills Tower 1, Shenzhen, China. 1,273 feet (388.1m). 80 floors. Estimated completion 2019.Shum Yip Land
32. CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou, China. 1,280 feet (390.2m). 80 floors. Completed 1996.Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man Architects and Engineers
31. 23 Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 1,287 feet (392.4m). 88 floors. Completed 2012.Creative Commons, Guilhem Vellu
30. China Resources Headquarters, Shenzhen, China. 1,288 feet (392.5m). 67 floors. Estimated completion 2018.Kohn Pedersen Fox
29. Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong. 1,352 feet (412m). 88 floors. Completed 2003.Creative Commons, Exploringlife
28. Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait. 1,354 feet (413m). 80 floors. Completed 2011.Creative Commons, Mohdalg

Dubai and China have overtaken Manhattan as the home of the supertall tower – more than half of the world's 40 tallest buildings are in China – but the U.S. has a very respectable five. 

New York's Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until it was overtaken by the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 1971. It went back to being New York's tallest building after the September 11 attacks in 2001, but is now only the third tallest building in the Big Apple. Is it still one of the 40 tallest buildings in the world? 

Data from The Skyscraper Center. We have included buildings which are still under construction but which have reached their maximum height.