Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, saw completion of two hi-rises in 2014 with the 381-meters Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid (formerly World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi – The Residences) becoming the second tallest building to be completed worldwide last year, according to Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
The 278-meter World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi – The Offices located in the World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi Complex took the 17th place in the list of top 20 hi-rises of 2014, the council said.
The tallest building to be completed was 541-meter World Trade Centre in New York, which is now the world’s third-tallest building.
The Middle East saw completion of 11 hi-rises, or 11 per cent of the global total.
Qatar delivered four of the 11 completions, all of which were in Doha. Other towers completed in the region were 308-meters Burj Rafal in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and 240-meter Crystal Tower in Kuwait.
According to CTBUH, the number of tall buildings around the world reached a new record last year, with 97 buildings completed that soar over 200 meters in height.
Asia dominated the list with 74 of the 97 building completed, being home to 76 per cent of the tall building last year.
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa continues to remain the tallest tower in the world, at 828 metres and 163 floors. However, the 1,000-metre, 167-storey Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is slated for completion in 2018.