01 – Burj Khalifa – Dubai 828m, year 2010
The Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة, Arabic for “Khalifa Tower”, known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration in 2010, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) and a roof height (excluding antenna) of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure in the world since its topping out in late 2008.
The 828m (2,717 foot) skyscraper boasts the world’s highest swimming pool and mosque and is said to contain enough glass to cover 17 football pitches. Not since 1311, when the spire of Lincoln Cathedral first topped the Great Pyramid of Giza, has the tallest structure in the world been located in the Arab world. Some Arabs, not unreasonably, interpret criticism of the building as resentment at Dubai’s presumption in setting itself up as a world city.