Top 5 Tallest Skyscrapers of 2012
January 17, 2013

2012 was yet another year filled with supertall skyscraper construction across the globe. Unsurprisingly, the lion’s share of the rankings belongs to Dubai. Like it or hate it, Dubai is undoubtedly at the forefront of skyscraper construction of the globe, boasting the world’s tallest tower. Galetti takes a look at the top 5 tallest skyscrapers completed in 2012.


Below is the list of the top 5 tallest skyscrapers completed last year:

1) Abraj Al-Bait Towers, Mecca

Abraj Al-Bait Towers - Photo

The Abraj Al-Bait Towers loom over their neighbours (source: Mink on Flickr).

The Abraj Al-Bait  Towers in Mecca are a cluster of towers – the tallest of which is the second-tallest in the world at 1 972 feet, and boasts the world’s largest clock face.

The complex was developed in a drive by city authorities to modernise the historic, which attracts millions of Muslim pilgrims annually. Followers of the Muslim faith are encouraged to make the pilgrimage at least once in their life time, and in order to accommodate such an influx of people, the complex was constructed. It consists of a luxury 5-star hotel and religious facilities, complete with 76 elevators to ferry people up to the holy Masjid al Haram prayer room.


2) Princess Tower, Dubai

Princess Tower

Princess Tower, Dubai, is the world’s tallest residential building (source: Tameer)

Princess Tower is currently the world’s tallest residential tower. It rises to an impressive 1 356 feet, having overtaken a neighbour – 23 Marina – shortly after it completed construction.


3) 23 Marina, Dubai

23 Marina – also pictured above – was briefly the tallest residential tower in the world, but that title was soon stolen by the Princess Tower above.


4) Elite Residence, Dubai

Elite Residence

The Elite Residence in Dubai held the title of the world’s tallest residential tower for a brief period (Tameer).

Elite Residence (1 248 feet) lives up to its name, priding itself in offering luxury living in an apartment environment in the heart of the city.


5) The Pinnacle, Guangzhou

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle in Guangzhou, China soars 1 181 feet into the skyline (source: Wikimedia).

Guangzhou is fast becoming one of China’s most important cities. It is developing as a transportation hub, with the manufacturing and exporting industries both booming and leading to rapid development. Guangzhou is set to become a familiar name as more skyscrapers and supertalls continue to be announced.

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