Dubai, the city of skyscrapers, has 63 buildings taller than 200 meters (656 feet), more than any other city in the world, including Hong Kong and New York City. There are 125 structures taller than 150 meters. Only three countries have more tall buildings than Dubai: China, Russia, and the United States.
The tallest building in Dubai is now Burj Khalifa at 2km (1.2 miles) high. It contains 847 apartments and was built by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, which is also responsible for the Burj Al Arab, another famous skyscraper in Dubai. It was designed by British architect F.E.D.C. Davies and completed in 2009. The previous record holder was the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which were 1,483 m (4987 ft) high when they were completed in 1998. They are now the third-highest office building on Earth.
Office buildings make up most of the skyscraper population in Dubai. There are currently only three residential towers over 150 meters high - Abraj al Jarrah, Al Fahidi, and Emirates Hills - but several more are under construction or planned. These three towers contain 516, 462, and 438 apartments respectively.
Other cities around the world have more tall buildings than Dubai.
There are 73 completed and topped-out buildings in Dubai that are at least 200 meters (656 feet) tall. Dubai boasts the highest skyline in the Middle East and the globe, based on the average height of the 10 tallest finished skyscrapers.
The list of the top 10 tallest buildings in Dubai is provided below:
1. Burj Khalifa - 828 m (2724 ft)
2. The Tower - 778 m (2553 ft)
3. Jumeirah Beach Residence - 772 m (2446 ft)
4. Ferrari World - 745 m (2392 ft)
5. Madinat Jumeriah - 740 m (2363 ft)
6. Dubailand - 718 m (2350 ft)
7. Abraj Al Rajhi Bank - 695 m (2276 ft)
8. Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - 690 m (2277 ft)
9. Dubai Mall - 665 m (2130 ft)
10. Palm Islands - 658 m (2093 ft)
160 stories Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is noted for its spectacular, freshly constructed monuments such as the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah, and the Dubai Mall. The Burj Khalifa, at 2,717 feet tall and 160 stories, is the world's tallest building, towering above the metropolis. It is also the most expensive hotel in the world.
Dubai has been called the Vegas of the Middle East because of its extravagant hotels and casinos. However, while Vegas is known for its glitz and glamour, Dubai is more like a modern city with shopping malls, restaurants, and clubs.
The skyscraper boom that began in the 1980s in New York, Chicago, London, and Tokyo has now reached Dubai too. There are currently three major developments under way or planned for Dubai that will add more than 5,000 apartments to the market. In fact, there are even plans to build a new city on the edge of the desert!
You may wonder how many floors does a building have? Well, it depends on what type of floor you're talking about. If you mean the number of layers of boards used to construct a floor, then you have 24-30 inches thick pieces of wood glued together with a special resin. Then there are the rows of nails used to hold the boards together. These can be up to 3/4 of an inch in diameter and be spaced several inches apart.
If built, the Dubai City Tower will be far higher than any other man-made building, over three times the height of the Burj Khalifa and nearly seven times the height of the Empire State Building. It is expected to be the tallest free-standing structure in the world.
The design for the skyscraper was revealed by Sheikh Mohammed on December 3, 2008. The tower will be located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, near the intersection of Al Wasl Road and Diyala Street, next to the Burj Khalifa. It is expected to be completed in about eight years time (2018).
Sheikh Mohammed said at the time of its unveiling that the 1,000-foot-high (300 m) building would be "the most innovative structure ever constructed." He also claimed that it would be "the world's first fully recyclable skyscraper." However, this has not been confirmed by any official sources.
Some have suggested that the Dubai City Tower is intended as a replacement for the existing Burj Khalifa, but this has not been confirmed by any official sources. Even so, some believe that the two buildings are designed by the same team of architects because they look similar.
If built, the Dubai City Tower will be far higher than any other present man-made building, standing nearly three times the height of the Burj Khalifa and nearly seven times the height of the Empire State Building....
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There are 163 floors. However, in 2020, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828 meters spread across 163 storeys) will relinquish its position as the world's tallest tower. This will be replaced by a yet-to-be-built structure in Saudi Arabia that has reached over 722 metres or 2286 feet in height.
The current record holder, which was until now the highest occupied skyscraper in the world, was held by The World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City from 2001 to 2007. With a height of 433 m (1410 ft), it had 52 floors above ground level and was completed in 1973. The Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) in Chicago is currently the tallest building in America. It is 668 m (2200 ft) tall with 57 floors.
In Europe, the Shard in London is the tallest building on the European continent at 297 m (974 ft). It has 67 floors.
In Asia, the Shanghai Tower is the current champion with 441 m (1450 ft) being the highest floor in the world. It has 56 floors.
And finally, South America has one building that claims this title: the Ciudad de Buenos Aires (City of Buenos Aires) built in 1995.