Human ambition knows no bounds, and frequently this shows in the construction of buildings which inspire the awe of everyone. It might be natural to make the conclusion that the world’s tallest building is most likely also the most expensive, however this is not the way it is. Instead it is for factors aside from its height or number of storeys that earns a building a spot on the list of most expensive buildings in the world. Almost all of the world’s most expensive buildings have an incredible architectural design or lavish interiors, filled to the brim with extraordinary amenities.
1. Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, $15 billion
At a height of 601 meters, Abraj Al Bait is the tallest hotel in the world, with a floor area of 1,500,000 square meters and a 100,000-person capacity. Also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, it features the world’s tallest and largest clock, standing at a height of 530 meters and measuring 43 metres in diameter, and said to be visible from over 30km away.
2. Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa, Singapore $6.59 billion
The resort occupies over 49 hectares of land and, when fully open, will employ more than 10,000 people directly. The soft launch of the first four hotels took place in January 2010. The key attractions include one of Singapore’s two casinos, a Universal Studios theme park, Adventure Cove Water Park, and S.E.A. Aquarium, which includes the world’s largest oceanarium.
3. Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore, $5.50 billion
The construction consists of three connected 55 story towers and is situated in an area of 20 hectares, with the building billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino. The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-meter convention-exhibition center, the 74,000-square-meter Marina Bay Sands mall, a museum, two large theatres, “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
4. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, US, $3.90 billion
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a luxury casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip, consisting of two high rise towers both at 184 meters tall. Cosmopolitan features 3,027 hotel rooms, many of which feature their own private terrace; a 10,000 square-meter casino, 28,000 square-meters of retail and restaurant space, a 3,700 square-meter spa and fitness facility, a 3,200-seat theater; and 14,000 square-meters of meeting and convention space. The Cosmopolitan’s casino features views of the Las Vegas Strip. Despite its prime location and gaming credentials, the resort is still considered something of a financial failure after originally going bankrupt in 2008.
5. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE, $3.90 billion
Opened in 2005, the seven star Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi serves as the official guest palace of Abu Dhabi Government and spans a total of 850,000 square-meters. The palace, which was constructed as a way of showcasing Arabian culture and luxurious hospitality. Emirates Palace consists of 394 residences, including 92 suits and 22 residential suites. . The majority of the suites are furnished in gold and marble. The penthouse floor has six Rulers’ Suites which are reserved exclusively for dignitaries, such as royalty. The facilities include two spa facilities, over 40 meeting rooms, a 1.3 km long beach, a marina, 2 helicopter landing pads, a ballroom that accommodates up to 2500 people, various luxury shops and international restaurants.
6. One World Trade Center, New York, US, $3.80 billion
The One World Trade Center in New York City, known commonly as the “Freedom Tower”, was completed in 2013 to replace and commemorate the twin tower of the original World Trade Centre, which fell during the 9/11 attack. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The building reaches a total height of 1,776 feet (541 m). Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.
7. Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, US, $2.70 billion
The Wynn Resort is the seventh largest hotel in the world. The development, which was first announced in August 2001 and completed construction in 2005, is also set to expand in 2020 with the addition of Wynn Paradise Park. The 187 meter high hotel has 45 floors, with the 2,716 rooms ranging in size from 59 square-meters to villas at 830 square meters. The complex also includes a 17,600 square meter casino, a convention center with 27,000 square meters of space and 7,100 square-meters of retail space. Together with the adjacent Encore, the entire Wynn resort complex has a total of 4,750 rooms.
8. City of Dreams, Macau, China, $2.40 billion
City of Dreams merges hotel with casino and is styled as a podium with four towers: Crown Towers Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Grand Hyatt Macau (which spans two towers). Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams has 39,000 square-meters of gaming space with 450 gaming tables and 1514 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the city. City of Dreams is an integrated entertainment resort is set to become the “must experience” destination in Macau.
9. Venetian Macau, Macau, China, US$2.40 billion
Located directly opposite to City of Dreams, The Venetian Macau is the largest casino in the world, and also the seventh-largest building in the world by floor area. The 980,000 square-meter Venetian Macao is modeled on its sister casino resort The Venetian Las Vegas and is also the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. The resort has 3,000 suites, 110,000 square-meters of convention space, 150,000 square-meters of retail space, 51,000 square-meters of casino space – with 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and the 15,000-seat Cotai Arena for entertainment and sports events.
10. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China, $2.40 billion
The tower stands 632 meters (about 2,073 feet) high and ranks as China’s tallest building. The footprint takes up 30,368 square-meters with floor space of about 576,000 square-meters, with 5 basement levels, 127 floors above ground and 5 podium floors. Visitors can take the express elevator to the sightseeing deck on the 119th floor directly and a whole ride only takes 55 seconds.