RANKED: The tallest buildings in the world right now

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Lightning strikes One World Trade Center as the sun sets after a summer storm.
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For nearly half a century, from 1931 through the early 1970s, the 1,454-foot Empire State Building held the title for being the tallest building in the world.

The world has come a long way since then – in the rankings of today’s tallest man-made structures, the Empire State Building doesn’t even crack the top 10.

The world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, soars 2,716 feet into the sky, and more and more skyscrapers across Asia and the Middle East are rising each year. According to recent reports, developers in Iraq are planning to build another tower that could be the new tallest in the world if completed.

We’ve rounded up the 22 tallest buildings in the world right now.


22. Al Hamra Tower — Kuwait City, Kuwait (1,354 feet)

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21. The Princess Tower — Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1,358 feet)

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20. Two International Finance Center — Hong Kong (1,362 feet)

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19. Jin Mao Tower — Shanghai, China (1,380 feet)

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18. Trump International Hotel and Tower — Chicago, Illinois (1,389 feet)

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17. 432 Park Avenue (pictured on the far right) — New York, New York (1,396 feet)

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16. Marina 101 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1,399 feet)

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15. Guangzhou West Tower, or Guangzhou International Finance Center — Guangzhou, China (1,435 feet)

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14. Wuhan Center — Wuhan, China (1,437 feet)

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13. KK100, or Kingkey 100 — Shenzhen, China (1,449 feet)

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12. Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower — Chicago, Illinois (1,451 feet)

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11. Zifeng Tower — Nanjing, China (1,476 feet)

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9. (TIE) Petronas Twin Towers — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1,483 feet)

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8. International Commerce Centre — Hong Kong (1,588 feet)

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7. Taipei 101 — Taipei, Taiwan (1,671 feet)

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6. CTF Finance Centre — Guangzhou, China (1,739 feet)

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5. One World Trade Center — New York, New York (1,776 feet)

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4. Ping An International Finance Centre — Shenzhen, China (1,965 feet)

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3. Abraj Al-Bait Tower — Mecca, Saudi Arabia (1,971 feet)

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2. Shanghai Tower — Shanghai, China (2,073 feet)

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1. Burj Khalifa — Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2,716 feet)

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