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Highest buildings on the planet

The sky is the limit – a term commonly used when it comes to our dreams and aspirations in life. However it does not apply to buildings, tall ones in particular. Here we’ve checked numerous sources and can bring to you the highest buildings on the planet. Just don’t look down!

1. Burj Kahlifa, UAE


At 2,723 feet, the Burj Khalifa has the honour of being the tallest building in the world. Its position as the highest building in the world is under threat however, especially with Saudi Arabia planning to build the tallest constructure in the world.

2. Shanghai Tower, China


Coming in at second place is the Shanghai Tower, 200 metres shorter than the Burj Khalifa. This building will also be home to the world’s fastest elevator, which is claimed will go up the tower at speeds of 18 metres per second. Not bad!

3. Makkah Clock Royal Tower, Saudi Arabia


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The third tallest building in the world, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is also notable for being the tallest hotel in the world, as well as having the tallest clock tower in the world. That’s not forgetting the fact that it has the world’s largest clock face, which can be seen from as much as 25 kilometres away. How many more records can this tower break?

4. One World Trade Centre, USA


Constructed on the site of the World Trade Centre, the ‘Freedom Tower’ is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

5. CTF Finance Centre, China


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Yet to be completed (completion is set for 2016) the CTF Finance Centre is already the fifth tallest building in the world, and is destined to be a mixed-use building where both work and play take place under the same roof.

6. Taipei 101, Taipei


Only 21 metres smaller than the CTF Finance Centre, Taipei 101 was actually the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2007, that is until the Burj Khalifa stole its crown. This award winning tower is still going strong however, and can boast being the largest environmentally conscious skyscraper in the world.

7. Shanghai World Finance Centre, China


An agonising 16 metres shorter than Taipei 101 is the Shanghai World Finance Centre, a building which if you look at it closely, resembles a bottle opener! At 1,555 metres, this building is home to the world’s highest observation deck.


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