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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at 2,717 feet, is the tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Jan. 4, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Building the world's tallest buildings is a badge of honor for governments across the world, and beyond being marvels of modern engineering, some are aesthetically beautiful as well.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at 2,717 feet, is the tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Jan. 4, 2010)

The Abraj Al-Bait Tower, also known as the
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The Abraj Al-Bait Tower, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, is in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. At 1,972 feet it is the second-tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Oct. 27, 2012)

A ferry boat passes the Brooklyn Bridge in
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A ferry boat passes the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the skyline of downtown Manhattan.

Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, at 1,667 feet,
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Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, at 1,667 feet, is the fourth-tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Sept. 22, 2008)

The Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China,
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The Shanghai World Financial Center in Shanghai, China, at 1,614 feet, is the fifth-tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Upon its completion in 2014, the building will stand 2,073 feet tall. (June 25, 2009)

The International Commerce Centre in West Howloon, Hong
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The International Commerce Centre in West Howloon, Hong Kong, at 1,588 feet, is the sixth-tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Sept. 19, 2013)

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
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The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 1,483 feet, are the seventh- and eighth-tallest buildings in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (June 27, 2013)

The Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China, at 1,476
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The Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China, at 1,476 feet, is the ninth-tallest building in the world, according to the nonprofit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Nov. 30, 2008)

The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears
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The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, in Chicago Ill., at 1,451 feet, is the second-tallest building in the United States and the tenth-tallest in the world, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. (Nov. 8, 2013)

An illustration provided by the Council on Tall
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An illustration provided by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat shows the tallest 10 buildings in the world once 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan is finished.

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