1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at the moment. It’s set to be overtaken by the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which boasts a height of one kilometres (3,280 feet)
One of the most famous buildings along the Persian Gulf, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world today, standing a mighty 828 metres (2,716 feet).
The mega skyscraper, complete in 2010, boasts 163 floors, which include a hotel, a restaurant, an observation deck and luxury apartments.
According to its developer, the total amount of concrete used to build the tower weighed as much as some 100,000 elephants combined.
2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Tower (left) stands next to the Shanghai World Financial Centre (492 metres, 1,614 feet). It took the Chinese 11 years to build the nation’s tallest building
The pride of Chinese construction, the 632-metre-tall (2,073 feet) skyscraper dominates the skyline of Shanghai’s financial district.
It is nicknamed ‘thermos flask’ due to its unique appearance to help it save energy.
The 128-storey structure has the world’s fastest lifts, which ascend at the speed of 18 metres (59 feet) per second. It also has the world’s highest observation deck at 561 metres (1,840 feet).
3. Makkah Clock Royal Tower, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Home to a five-star hotel, the 601-metre-tall (1,971 feet) Makkah Clock Royal Tower is a part of a humongous seven-tower complex. The dramatic buildings were open in 2012
Located in the holy city of Mecca, the 76-storey building is the centre piece of a £10 billion ($15 billion) government-backed complex, called Abraj Al Bait.
Standing 601 metres (1,971 feet), the six-year-old building has the world’s largest clock face, which has a diametre of 46 metres (151 feet). The clock is so big that it could be seen from 25 kilometres (15 miles) away.
The building contains a 1,618-room luxury hotel.
4. Ping An International Finance Center, Shenzhen, China
Ping An International Finance Center (centre) looms on the horizon of Shenzhen, one of China’s largest cities bordering Hong Kong. The tower is 599 metres tall (1,965 feet)
At 599 metres tall (1,965 feet), the impressive building is covered by 1,700 tonnes of stainless steel and sports a futurist look.
Complete in 2017, it is the world’s tallest office building with more than 100 floors devoted to Ping’an, a major insurance company in China.
5. Goldin Finance 117, Tianjing, China
A general view shows the Goldin Finance 117, the third tallest complete building in China, being constructed in September, 2015. The building has 117 storeys
The diamond-shaped structure is just two metres (6.5 feet) shorter than the world’s fourth tallest building, also in China.
Measureing 597 metres (1,958 feet) in height, the 117-storey tower is set to have 85 floors of office spaces. It’s also expected to have a five-star hotel.
The construction was complete in 2015, but it seems the building is still expected to open to the public.