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20 most amazing skyscrapers in the world

Last updated on: December 19, 2012 08:28 IST

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Skyscrapers typically take a long time to build. The top 20 tallest (currently completed) towers in the world took, on average, 5.3 years to construct, according to The Economist.

But a company in China called Broad Sustainable Building, with a track record of putting up buildings in a jiffy, is now planning to construct the world's tallest building - 838 metres - in just 90 days, it says.

Let's have a look at 20 most amazing skyscrapers in the world.

Source: The Economist

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Central Plaza

City: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Year of completion: 1992

Height of tower: 374 (metres)

Construction time: 3 (years)

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Image: Central Plaza in Hong Kong.
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Elite Residence

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Year of completion: 2012

Height of tower: 380 (metres)

Construction time: 6 (years)

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Image: Elite Residence in Dubai.
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Empire State Building

City: New York

Country: The United States of America

Year of completion: 1931

Height of tower: 381 (metres)

Construction time: 1 (years)

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Image: Empire State Building, centre, in New York.
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Shun Hing Square

City: Shenzhen

Country: China

Year of completion: 1996

Height of tower: 384 (metres)

Construction time: 3 (years)

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Image: Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China.
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CITIC Plaza

City: Guangzhou

Country: China

Year of completion: 1997

Height of tower: 391 (metres)

Construction time: 4 (years)

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23 Marina

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Year of completion: 2012

Height of tower: 392.8 (metres)

Construction time: 7 (years)

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Al Hamra Tower

City: Kuwait

Country: Kuwait

Year of completion: 2011

Height of tower: 412.6 (metres)

Construction time: 6 (years)

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Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago

City: Chicago

Country: The United States of America

Year of completion: 2009

Height of tower: 360 (metres)

Construction time: 7 (years)

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Image: Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.
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Princess Tower

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Year of completion: 2003

Height of tower: 414 (metres)

Construction time: 4 (years)

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International Finance Centre

City: Hong Kong

Country: Hong Kong

Year of completion: 2003

Height of tower: 405 (metres)

Construction time: 3 (years)

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Image: International Finance Centre in Hong Kong.
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Guangzhou International Finance Center

City: Guangzhou

Country: China

Year of completion: 2010

Height of tower: 440 (metres)

Construction time: 4 (years)

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Image: Guangzhou International Finance Center in Guangzhou, China.
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Kingkey 100

City: Shenzhen

Country: China

Year of completion: 2011

Height of tower: 441.8 (metres)

Construction time: 4 (years)

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Willis Tower

City: Chicago

Country: The United States of America

Year of completion: 1974

Height of tower: 442 (metres)

Construction time: 4 (years)

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Image: Willis Tower in Chicago.
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Zifeng Tower

City: Nanjing

Country: China

Year of completion: 2010

Height of tower: 450 (metres)

Construction time: 5 (years)

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Image: Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China.
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Petronas Towers

City: Kuala Lumpur

Country: Malaysia

Year of completion: 1998

Height of tower: 451.9 (metres)

Construction time: 6 (years)

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Shanghai World Financial Center

City: Shanghai

Country: China

Year of completion: 2008

Height of tower: 492.0 (metres)

Construction time: 11 (years)

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Taipei 101

City: Taipei

Country: Taiwan

Year of completion: 2004

Height of tower: 509 (metres)

Construction time: 5 (years)

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Makkah Clock Royal Tower

City: Mecca

Country: Saudi Arabia

Year of completion: 2012

Height of tower: 601 (metres)

Construction time: 8 (years)

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Image: Makkah Clock Royal Tower in Saudi Arabia.
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Burj Khalifa

City: Dubai

Country: The United Arab Emirates

Year of completion: 2010

Height of tower: 828 (metres)

Construction time: 6 (years)

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Image: Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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Sky City One

City: Changsha

Country: China

Year of completion: Under planning

Height of tower: 838 (metres)

Construction time: 90 days (proposed)


Image: Sky City One in Changsha, China.
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