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Dubai: the world’s tallest city

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Dubai is now officially the tallest city on the planet. At the time of writing the city was home to 23 of the world’s 100 highest buildings. By comparison, traditional high-rise hotspots Hong Kong and Chicago muster just seven top-100 buildings apiece, while New York and Shanghai manage just four – the same as Abu Dhabi. The landmark example of Dubai’s sky-high ambition is provided by the staggering Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, while other high-rise icons include the Burj al Arab and the glittering Emirates Towers, as well as less well-known buildings such as the twin towers of the recently opened JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel, and the Princess Tower, soaring high above the Dubai Marina.

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