Burj Khalifa To Remain World's Tallest 'For Years'
The Burj Khalifa is set to remain the world's tallest building for years to come despite a skyscraper building boom in China, according to building data firm Emporis.
Emporis has compiled a list of the top 10 "future skyscrapers", which are all upcoming towers that are currently under construction and due to be finished by 2016.
All 10 will clock in at lower heights than the reigning Burj, and take up positions two through to 11 in the rankings of the world's tallest skyscrapers. All will be higher than the second-tallest Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which reaches 509m.
However, at 828m the Burj Khalifa will remain unchallenged at the top of the list, despite the widespread pre-downturn belief that it would be rapidly displaced by other taller buildings.
The Middle East has one project on the table, the 601m Mecca Clock Royal Tower, in Saudi Arabia which has already been topped out overlooking Islam's holiest site.
Six of the 10 future skyscrapers are being built in China, and two are underway in South Korea.
The only building on the list from the western hemisphere is the One World Trade Centre in New York, which is expected to be topped out at 541m in August.
The Burj is expected to eventually hand over its crown to the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, set to break the 1km high barrier. However, construction work on the tower is not currently underway.