The tallest manmade structure is Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai that reached 829.8 m (2,722 ft) in height in January 2010.
Dubai may be an international playground for global superstars, but no one can eclipse the biggest star of all, the Burj Khalifa.
Located in thriving downtown Dubai, the needle-shaped super scraper takes center stage in the famed skyline with millions of visitors and VIPs flocking each year to arguably the most prestigious address in the world.
The tallest manmade structure is the ultimate symbol of glitz, glamor and the over-the-top excess for which the city is known.
Soaring over the city at an impressive 2,716 feet (828 meters) and boasting 200 stories (160 habitable), the $1.5 billion Burj Khalifa project was unveiled by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in January 2010.
At the peak of construction, more than 12,000 international workers were on-site per day logging a collective 22 million man-hours during the six years it took to complete.
The Burj Khalifa is twice the height of New York's Empire State Building and three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It even surpassed Taiwan's Taipei 101, which at 1,667 feet (508m) had held the world title since it opened in 2004. Laid end to end, the Burj Khalifa's pieces would stretch over a quarter of the way around the world.