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This list includes only buildings - there are higher towers in the world. A building is defined as a structure that is designed for residential, business, or manufacturing purposes (they usually have floors). The height of a building is measured from the sidewalk level of the main entrance to the structural top of the building - this includes spires, but does not include television antennas, radio antennas or flag poles.

This list was originally compiled in 2007, with just the highest Burj Khalifa added in 2010. New buildings are going up all the time, and as was shown with the Twin Towers of New York, they can come down too. The World Trade Center twin towers would have ranked and sixth and seventh (at 1,368 ft and 1,362 ft) on this list until their destruction on Sept. 11, 2001.

Building Year completed Stories Height (m) Height (ft)
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE 2010 200+ 828 2,717
  The newest tallest building in the world is a glistening concrete, glass and steel pinnacle rising 828 metres out of the desert sands. It is named Burj Khalifa in honour of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan. The tower has more than 200 floors, only 160 of which would be inhabited, while the remaining floors were for services. Burj Khalifa has a total built-up area of 530,000 square metres, including 170,000 square metres of residential space and more than 28,000 square metres of prime office space. This amounts to 1044 apartments and 49 floors of office space, served by 57 lifts.
2. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan 2004 101 508 1,667
3. Petronas Tower 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998 88 452 1,483
4. Petronas Tower 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998 88 452 1,483
5. Sears Tower, Chicago 1974 110 442 1,451
6. Jin Mao Building, Shanghai 1999 88 421 1,381
7. Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong 2003 88 415 1,362
8. CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou, China 1996 80 391 1,283
9. Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China 1996 69 384 1,260
10. Empire State Building, New York 1931 102 381 1,250

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