I’ve been to two of the ten tallest building in the world

 

Currently Burj Khalifa tops the list of top 10 tallest building in the world and it’s followed by Taipei 101 of Taiwan.  For the past two years of traveling, I have only seen two or let me say three of these buildings.  One is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE two months ago and in 2008 were The Petronas Towers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a towering height of 1.483 feet each.

(Me, outside The Petronas Towers)

Every year there are new skyscrapers much taller than what we have now in our list below, like the Chicago Spire in Chicago, Illinois with an estimated completion date of 2012 and has a height of 2,000 feet. Upon completion, Chicago Spire will replace Taipei 101 of Taiwan on the second spot.

Rank Building City Country Height Floors Built
1 Burj Khalifa Dubai  UAE 828 m 2,717 ft 160 2010
2 Taipei 101 Taipei  Taiwan (ROC) 509 m 1,671 ft 101 2004
3 Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai  China (PRC) 492 m 1,614 ft 101 2008
4 International Commerce Centre Hong Kong  Hong Kong 483 m 1,584 ft 118 2010
5 Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 452 m 1,483 ft 88 1998
6 Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 452 m 1,483 ft 88 1998
7 Nanjing Greenland Financial Center Nanjing  China (PRC) 450 m 1,476 ft 89 2010
8 Willis Tower Chicago  United States 442 m 1,451 ft 108 1973
9 Guangzhou West Tower Guangzhou  China (PRC) 440 m 1,444 ft 103 2009
10 Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago  United States 423 m 1,388 ft 96 2009

 

Chicago Spire, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 2,000 feet
Estimated completion: 2012

Although some don’t have towering heights like the Burj Khaleefa but have very distinct designs like the much awaited Dubai Towers that replicates the wavering flames of a candle, in this case four candles.  These towers rise 400, 330, 310 and 240 meters above the ground level.  They twist, turn, wave, taper and do every imaginable thing to stay true to their inspiration.  The estimated completion of Dubai Towers is in the middle of 2011.

Now, the question is.  Will Dubai rise again after it was affected by US recession?  Based on what I have seen the last time I was in Dubai this past April, the airport was empty.  And that will be next blog entry.

Future Scyscrapers source [PopularMechanics]

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mrloo

I'm not a Professional writer nor did I study Journalism or Literature, but I love sharing my travel experiences and advise other travelers who have not seen what I have. I've been blogging since 2007 and traveled to a lot of places and I love it and will continue doing it until the time that I can't walk anymore.

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