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Top 10 most expensive buildings in the world 2016


There are many landmark buildings across the world. They are highly decorative exteriors and interiors. In case of most expensive buildings in the world the list never end only with the skyscrapers. It also may include luxury hotels, residential buildings, commercial buildings…. The followings are 10 most expensive buildings in the world.

Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, US$2.17 Billion

princess towerThe 101 story Princess Tower in Dubai is the tallest residential building in the world at a height of 414 meters. It is also the second tallest building in Dubai, next to Burj Khalifa. The total construction cost of this residential skyscraper estimated at US$2.17 billion. The construction of this building was started in 2006 and took six years for the completion. The Princess tower features 763 residential units, 8 retail units,  957 parking units and 13 elevators.

City Of Dreams, Macau, China, US$2.40 Billion

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The widely popular city of dreams hotel-casino in Macau offers an unforgettable gaming experience for the visitors. This property is owned by Melco PBL entertainment. The 37 story hotel and casino block includes four towers. Two towers named as grand Hyatt Macau and other two are hard rock hotel and crown towers hotel respectively. The total cost of this luxury building is estimated at US$2.40 billion. City of dreams was officially opened in 2009.

The building includes restaurants, bars, theaters, casino and shopping centers. The gaming section in the city of dreams spanning an area of 420000 square feet. There are 1514 gaming machines and 450 gaming tables in total.

The dancing water theater is the another major attraction in the city of dreams. It displays a spectacular water show and artwork like no other in the world. This amazing theater can accommodate 2000 spectators at a time. The pool within this theater can hold 3.4 million gallons of water. The theater was opened in 2010 and the shows are created by great Italian-Belgian show maker Franco Dragone.

Venetian Macau, Macau, China, US$2.40 Billion

venetian macauThe Venetian Macau is a 39 story casino resort located in City of Macau in China. It is owned by an American casino company named Las Vegas Sands. This US$2.40 billion building was officially opened on 28th August 2007. Spanning a floor area of 98000 square meters it is the largest casino in the world. The Venetian Macau is also the largest hotel in Asia by floor area. This luxury casino resort was designed by two renowned architectural firms Aedas and HKS, Inc.

There are 3000 suites, retail space of 149000 square meters, convention space of 111000 square meters and a 51000 square meters mega casino in Venetian Macau.  The flagship casino has 800 gambling tables and 3400 slot machines. The indoor area of this casino has a seating capacity of 15000. The Venetian Macau also has 350 branded retail stores and 30 restaurants in total.

Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, United States, US$2.70 Billion

wynn resortThe 45 story US$2.70 billion Wynn is the sixth largest hotel in the world. This hotel covers an area of 615 acres. It is owned by Nevada based Wynn resorts limited corporation. The Wynn resort has 2716 rooms, 223000 square ft convention center, 76000 square ft retail space and a 111000 square ft casino. The shopping section of Wynn includes a number of renowned retailers such as Cartier, Brioni, Alexander McQueen, Dior and Chanel. The resort also features 260000 square feet meeting place, 60000 square feet beach club and wedding chapels.

One World Trade Center, New York, United States,US$3.80 Billion

one world trade centerThe 104 story One World Trade Center located in New York City is the tallest building in the United States at 1451 feet. This skyscraper is also known as the ‘freedom tower’. It was built to replace and commemorate the twin tower of the original Word Trade Center which destroyed on 9/11 terrorist attack.

The construction of this amazing building started on 27th April 2006 and completed in 2013. This icon of modern architecture was designed by renowned architecture David Childs.  The strong and abundant steel frame and concrete-core shear wall of the building promises safety and sustainability. The total cost of this great project estimated at US$3.80 billion.

The One World Trade Center has 71 floors of office space, 270000 sq ft space for U.S General Service Administration, 190000 sq ft of space for magazine publisher Conde Nast, 55000 sq ft of retail space, a public lobby and an observation desk. The 9/11 museum in the building displays artifacts, videos and stories of original world trade center. The building also has a connection to 11 New York City subways , ferry terminal and to the WTC transportation hub.

Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States, US$3.90 Billion

cosmopolitanThe Cosmopolitan is a 52 story luxury resort casino located in Las Vegas Strip of Nevada. This US$3.90 billion resort feature two towers. It was built by Germany based Duetsche bank. Today the is resort casino is owned by NYC based Blackstone group corporation, sold by Duetsche bank in 2014 for US$1.73 billion. This grand resort contains 3000 rooms, a 110000 sq ft mega casino, 300000 sq ft of retail space, 150000 sq ft of convention center, 222934 sq ft of public area, 40000 sq ft of spa and fitness area, 641850 sq ft back-of-house area and a theater with seating capacity of 1800.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, US$3.90 Billion

emirates palaceThe US$3.90 billion seven star Emirates Palace is the second most expensive hotel ever built in the world. This luxury hotel is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The hotel was owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Emirates Palace is also the official guest palace of Abu Dhabi Government.

It was designed by British architect John Elliott. This amazing hotel was officially opened in 2005. Besides the luxury hospitality the Emirates Palace also has 85 hectares of spectacular gardens and lawns.

The Emirates Palace has a total floor area of 850000 square meters. It contains 302 rooms, 16 Place suits, 92 suits, parking area for 2500 vehicles, helipad and a marina. There are also six ruler’s suites on the top floor of the hotel which are reserved for Royal families of the UAE.

Emirate Palace also features 114 impressive domes standing at a height of 60 meters. The private beach of Emirates Palace stretches across 1.3 kilometers. The hotel also offers swimming pools, luxury spa, tennis courts and cricket courts.

3. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, US$4.93 Billion

resort world sentosaThe Resort World Sentosa is the third most expensive casino ever built in the world. The total construction cost of this resort casino is estimated at US$4.93 billion, built by the Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group. The Resorts World Sentosa situated in an area of 49 hectares. This integrated resort comprises hotels, resorts, casino and a number of attractions.

The Resort World Sentosa has four hotels in total and the casino spanning a floor area of 15000 square meters. The marine life park in this integrated resort is the largest oceanarium in the world. It occupies an area of 8 hectares. This large oceanarium house more than 100000 marine animals. The resort also contains the Universal Studios theme park. The park features many attractions like Madagascar theme park ride, Transformer ride, The lost world and Ancient Egypt.

Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore, US$5.5 Billion

marina bay sandsThe US$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive integrated resort ever built. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Singapore. This iconic building is situated in an area of 15.5 hectares. This luxury building contains restaurants, a hotel, exhibition centers, theaters, retailers and entertainment venues. It was built by Nevada based Las Vegas Sands Corporation. This integrated resort was officially opened on 23rd June 2010.

Marina Bay Sands comprises three 55 story buildings and it is capped by Sands Sky park. The sky park at a height of 200 meters above ground level offers a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline. The park also 150 meters swimming pool and it is the longest elevated swimming pool in the world. The sky park also features a night club and a restaurant.

There are 2561 luxury rooms and suites in total. The large convention center of Marina Bay Sands spanning a space of 1200000 sq ft. It can accommodate more than 45000 people at a time. The grand 15000 square meters Marina Bay Sands casino has 1500 slot machines, 35 private gaming rooms and 600 gaming tables. The two theaters in this resort casino named grand theater and sands theater have a seating capacity of 2155 and 1680. Marina Bay Sands also has 300 retail stores in total.

Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, US$15 Billion

abraj al baitThe 120 story Abraj Al Bait is the most expensive skyscraper in the world. The building costs US$15 billion for the construction. It is located in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Abraj Al Bait situated near largest and holiest Masjid al-Haram mosque. The hotel spanning a floor area of 1500000 square meters and can accommodate 100000 people.

The hotel mainly attracts the pilgrims that come to Mecca to conduct Hajj. Abraj Al Bait also features a view into the courtyard of Masjid al-Haram mosque. This Saudi Arabian government owned luxury hotel was designed by Lebanon based Dar Al-Handasah architectural group. The hotel was officially opened in 2012.

The construction of this luxury hotel was started in 2004 and took 8 years for its completion. At a height of 601 meters Abraj Al Bait is the tallest hotel in the world. It is also the fourth tallest building in the world. One main attraction of  Abraj Al Bait is its 43 m* 43 m sized clock standing at a height of 530 meters and crowned by a spire. It is the tallest and largest clock in the world. The hotel also features six residential towers, a prayer hall that has a capacity of 3800 persons, a convention center, a five story shopping mall and two heliports.

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