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What is the tallest skyscraper in the world?

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a) Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), USA

b) Taipei 101, Taiwan

c) Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai), UAE

d) Empire State Building, USA

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The Empire State Building held its reign as the world’s tallest skyscraper for 41 years but today it ranks as the 19th tallest building in the world. While the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is currently the tallest skyscraper in the U.S., it only ranks 9th amongst these behemoth man-made structures. At 2,723 feet (829.84 meters), the world’s largest skyscraper is c) Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Burj Khalifa also holds world records as the tallest free-standing structure, highest number of stories (160), highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck, elevator with the longest travel distance, and tallest service elevator. The building is home to private residences, corporate suites, and the luxury Armani Hotel (designed by world renowned Giorgio Armani).

What’s the tallest building you’ve ever visited? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. There’s such a thing as being too high in the air. I’m not scared of heights, but I think I might get a little nervous on an observation deck at the top of that thing.

  2. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Agreed, Steve! I don’t really understand the need to keep making buildings taller and taller and taller. I thought it was a boy thing.

  3. I’m not crazy about tall buildings either. The CN Tower has a glass floor on its observation deck and it makes me more than a little bit nervous!

  4. I don’t mind looking out from heights (as long as I feel it’s secure) but I don’t like the elevator ride up, and especially down. Can you tell that I’m not fond of rollercoasters?

  5. Jakarta in Indonesia is also slated to build some really tall towers as well. I’m not sure if it is money well spent but they should look impressive!

  6. its burj khalifa and i have visited in thrice, the city looks so tiny when you are one the top of it. the tallest building on planet

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