Tallest building in the World

Barcelona Tallest Building title is owned by the infamous Sagrada Familia Temple at 172m and remains unfinished. Completion date 2025.
Other large constructions include the Torre de Collserola communications tower at 288.80m and Besòs thermal station 200m.

In DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai prepared to inaugurate the world’s tallest skyscraper, hoping to shift international attention away from the Gulf emirate’s deep financial crisis and rekindle the optimism that fueled its turbocharged growth.

As crews rushed to complete the final preparations for the official opening of the more than 160-story Burj Dubai Monday evening, the developer announced about $1.5 billion to build. That comes out to more than $9 million per floor.

The exact final height of the tower has not been released, with the developer Emaar Properties saying only that the spire stands more than 800 yards (meters) tall. Mohammed Alabbar, Emaar’s chairman, said Dubai’s ruler will announce the height at the evening inauguration ceremony.

Alabbar said the landmark glass-and-metal clad tower is 90 percent sold in a mix of residential units, offices and other space, offering a counterpoint to Dubai’s financial woes. The Gulf boomtown is now mired in debt and many buildings sit largely empty — the result of overbuilding during a property bubble that has since burst.

Still, the tower’s developer and other officials were in a festive mood, focusing on the city-state’s future potential rather than past missteps.

“Crises come and go. And cities move on,” Alabbar told reporters before the inauguration. “You have to move on. Because if you stop taking decisions, you stop growing.”

At a reported height of 2,684 feet (818 meters), the Burj Dubai long ago vanquished its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

The Burj’s record-seeking developers didn’t stop there.

The building boasts the most stories and highest occupied floor of any building in the world, and ranks as the world’s tallest structure, beating out a television mast in North Dakota. Its observation deck — on floor 124 — also sets a record.

“We weren’t sure how high we could go,” said Bill Baker, the building’s structural engineer, who is in Dubai for the inauguration. “It was kind of an exploration. … A learning experience”

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