All across the globe, towers and skyscrapers are racing to claim the spot as the world’s tallest buildings.

Modern Architecture has allowed us to construct buildings that defy our vertical expectations.

Today we are bringing you the world’s 10 tallest buildings, all the way from Asia to North America.

  1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

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In first place on the list of the world’s tallest buildings is Dubai’s pride and joy, Burj Khalifa.

It stands at 828 meters high, almost 200 meters taller than the world’s second tallest building.

Burj Khalifa is an office, residential, and hotel tower with 163 floors.

The structure was completed in 2010 and has held its spot ever since.

  1. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

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Next on the list is the Shanghai Tower, 2015’s tallest building, and the world’s third tallest structure.

The 128-floor office, hotel, and retail building are 632 meters high.

The tower smoothly spirals upward, with a glass façade exterior that holds within it nine cylindrical areas stacked on top of each other.

  1. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

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The world’s third tallest building and fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world are the Makkah Royal Clock Tower.

It is home to a luxurious 5-star hotel operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

The building is 601 meters tall with 120 floors.

The large clock found on the tower is 35 times larger than London’s Big Ben.

  1. One World Trade Center, New York City, USA

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The One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center.

The tower stands at 541 meters and holds 94 floors.

The gleaming building is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

It is otherwise known as the Freedom Tower, 1 World Trade Center, One WTC and 1 WTC.

  1. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China

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Formerly known as the CTF Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Centre, is the world’s fifth tallest building, the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre.

This impressive multi-use tower is 530 meters high with 111 floors.

It includes in its premises 273-hotel rooms, 414 apartments, commercial offices and an observatory.

  1. TAIPEI 101, Taipei, Taiwan

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TAIPEI 101 was once the world’s tallest building and remained so from 2004-2010 until Burj Khalifa claimed the spot.

The tower comes with an elevator that goes from the 5th floor to the 87th in 49-53 seconds, the fastest in the world.

Its 101 floors extend to 508 meters high and are designed to endure Taiwan’s typhoon winds and earthquake tremors.

  1. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China

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Shanghai’s second-tallest building and seventh on the world list is Shanghai World Financial Center at 492 meters high.

The tower, which is 492 meters high, includes offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and ground-floor shopping malls.

Park Hyatt Shanghai is located inside the soaring skyscraper, on the 79th to 93rd floors, making it the world’s second highest hotel.

  1. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

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Yet another entry for Asia, as the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, claims 8th place.

This skyscraper appears to be a smooth rectangle standing at 482 meters high with 101 floors within it.

Floors 102-108 are occupied by the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, making it the highest hotel in the world.

  1. Petronas Twin Tower 1 & 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Tying for 9th place is Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers 1 and 2.

Both towers are approximately 452 meters high with 88 floors each.

The twin skyscrapers were the tallest in the world from 1998-2004 and remain the tallest twin towers.

The postmodern design is complemented by the tower’s ability to withstand the wind and structural load.

  1. Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China

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Another Chinese tower claims the last spot on this list, as the Zifeng Tower stands at 450 meters high with 66 floors.

This skyscraper features retail and office space, the Nanjing Greenland InterContinental Hotel, restaurants, and an observatory.

It is also known as Greenland Center-Zifeng Tower or Greenland Square Zifeng Tower and was formerly the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center