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World's Top 10 Tallest Buildings

The world's tallest buildings feature elevators that ascend 100 floors in a minute, with views that oversee some of the world's biggest cities. Take a look at the top 10 tallest towers of the world.

Burj Khalifa - 1

Officially the tallest building in the world, the 160-story Burj Khalifa stands at a reported 2,717 feet. The building features an elevator with the longest travel distance in the world -- 120 stories. The tower has also broken the record for tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota.

www.burjdubai.com/

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The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the tallest building in Saudi Arabia and the tallest hotel in the world.

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Taipei 101 - 2

The Taipei 101 is a 101-story building is built on 380 concrete piles, sunk 262-feet into the ground.  Inspired by its cultural environment, the architects wished to embrace the future and move forward with the world.

The tower rises in 8 canted sections, a design based on the Chinese lucky number '8.' It is a homonym for prosperity in Chinese, and the 8 sections of the structure are designed to create rhythm in symmetry, introducing a new style for skyscrapers.

www.taipei-101.com

Shanghai World Financial Center -3

The Shanghai World Financial Center has 101 floors above ground level and soaring to a height of 1614-feet.  It is home to the Shanghai Stock Exchange and financial institutions and hotels from around the world and international conference facilities.

www.swfc-shanghai.com/

International Commerce Centre - 4

The International Commerce Centre is a unique development in Hong Kong featuring a cutting-edge commercial space luxury residential development, modern retail and two 6-star hotels in a single location.  

www.shkp-icc.com/

Petronas Towers - 5 & 6

Petronas, short for Petroliam Nasional Bhd, is Malaysia's national petroleum corporation. The 88-story buildings -- each considered the fifth and sixth tallest buildings in the world -- are connected with a Skybridge. The bridge is supported by a "three-hinged arch" consisting of giant round bearings at the base and a pair of legs 167-feet in length.

www.petronastwintowers.com

Zifeng Tower- 7

The Zifeng tower, aka the Greenland Center-Zifeng Tower and formerly known as the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, is a 66-story structure that offers views of nearby mountains and lakes. It stands at 1,500 feet tall.

www.som.com

Willis Tower - 8

The Willis Tower -- formerly known as the Sears Tower -- stands at 1,450 feet and has 110 stories.   It is the tallest building in the Western hemisphere and sits in the heart of Chicago.

www.willistower.com

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According to ARUP.com, the Kingkey 100 is the tallest building in Shenzhen, China and an iconic landmark in the country.

http://www.arup.com/Projects/KingKey100.aspx

World's Top 10 Tallest Buildings

The world's tallest buildings feature elevators that ascend 100 floors in a minute, with views that oversee some of the world's biggest cities. Take a look at the top 10 tallest towers of the world.

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