The list of the most expensive buildings in the world includes not only skyscrapers but also luxury hotels, residential buildings, and commercial buildings. The followings are the ten most expensive buildings in the world.
10 Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, US$2.17 Billion
The 101 story Princess Tower in Dubai is the tallest residential building in the world with 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 to US$2.17 billion. The construction of this building was started in 2006 and took six years for completion. The Princess tower features 763 residential units, eight retail units, 957 parking units, and 13 elevators.
9 City of Dreams, Macau, China, US$2.40 Billion
The widely popular city of dreams hotel-casino in Macau offers an unforgettable gaming experience for the visitors. This property owned by Melco PBL entertainment.
The 37 story hotel and casino block include four towers. Two towers named Grand Hyatt Macau and the other two are hard rock hotel and crown towers hotel respectively. The total cost of this luxury building estimated to US$2.40 billion. The city of dreams officially opened in 2009.
The building includes restaurants, bars, theaters, casinos, and shopping centers — the gaming section in the city of dreams spans an area of 420000 square feet. There are 1514 gaming machines and 450 gaming tables in total.
The dancing water theater is another major attraction in the city of dreams. It displays a spectacular water show and artwork. 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 opened in 2010, and great Italian-Belgian show maker Franco Dragone created the shows.
8 Venetian Macau, Macau, China, US$2.40 Billion
Venetian Macau is a 39 story casino resort located in the City of Macau in China. It fantastic by an American casino company named Las Vegas Sands. This US$2.40 billion worth building opened on 28th August 2007.
Spanning a floor area of 98000 square meters, it is the largest casino in the world. Venetian Macau is also the largest hotel in Asia by floor area. This luxury casino resort designed by two renowned architectural firms Aedas and HKS, Inc.
There are 3000 suites, a retail space of 149000 square meters, a 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. Venetian Macau also has 350 branded retail stores and 30 restaurants in total.
7 Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, United States, US$2.70 Billion
The 45 story US$2.70 billion Wynn is the sixth-largest hotel in the world. This hotel covers an area of 615 acres. Nevada based Wynn resorts limited corporation owns it. 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 many 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.
6 One World Trade Center, New York, United States, US$3.80 Billion
The 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 World Trade Center which destroyed on the 9/11 terrorist attack.
The construction of this fantastic building started on 27th April 2006 and completed in 2013. Renowned architecture David Childs designed this icon of modern architecture. The abundant and robust steel frame and concrete-core shear wall of the building provide 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 sqft space for U.S General Service Administration, 190000 sqft of space for magazine publisher Conde Nast, 55000 sqft of retail space, a public lobby and an observation deck. The 9/11 museum in the building displays artifacts, videos, and stories of the original world trade center. The building also has a connection to 11 New York City subways, ferry terminal, and to the WTC transportation hub.
5 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States, US$3.90 Billion
The Cosmopolitan is a 52 story luxury resort casino located in Las Vegas Strip of Nevada. This US$3.90 billion resort features two towers. It was built by Germany based Deutsche bank. Today this resort casino is owned by NYC based Blackstone group corporation, sold by Deutsche
This grand resort contains 3000 rooms, a 110000 sqft mega-casino, 300000 sqft of retail space, 150000 sqft convention center, 222934 sqft of public area, 40000 sqft of spa and fitness area, 641850 sqft back-of-house area and a theater with a seating capacity of 1800.
4 Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, US$3.90 Billion
The US$3.90 billion seven-star Emirates Palace is the second most expensive hotel ever built in the world. The Abu Dhabi government owns this luxury hotel located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Emirates Palace is also the official guest palace of the Abu Dhabi Government.
This fantastic hotel, designed by British architect John Elliott, 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, a parking area for 2500 vehicles, a helipad and a marina. There are also six ruler’s suites on the top floor of the hotel 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, a luxury spa, tennis courts, and cricket courts.
3 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore, US$4.93 Billion
The Resort World Sentosa is the third most expensive casino ever built in the world. The total construction cost of this resort casino estimated at US$4.93 billion, designed by the Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group.
The Resorts World Sentosa covers an area of 49 hectares. This integrated resort comprises hotels, resorts, casinos, and many other 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.
2 Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore, US$5.5 Billion
The US$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive integrated resort ever built. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. This iconic building situated in an area of 15.5 hectares. This luxury building contains restaurants, a hotel, exhibition centers, theaters, retailers, and entertainment venues. Nevada based Las Vegas Sands Corporation built this resort. This integrated resort officially opened on 23rd June 2010.
Marina Bay Sands comprises three 55 story buildings and capped by Sands Sky Park. The sky park at the height of 200 meters above ground level offers a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline. The park also provides 150 meters swimming pool, and it is the most extended elevated swimming pool in the world. The sky park also features a nightclub and a restaurant.
This resort offers 2561 luxury rooms and suites in total — the large convention center of Marina Bay Sands spanning a space of 1200000 sqft. 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.
1 Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, US$15 Billion
The 120 story Abraj Al Bait is the most expensive skyscraper in the world. The building cost US$15 billion for the construction and located in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Abraj Al Bait situated near the largest and most sacred 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. Lebanon based Dar Al-Handasah architectural group built this Saudi Arabian government-owned luxury hotel. The hotel officially opened in 2012.
The construction of this luxury hotel was started in 2004 and took eight years for its completion. At the 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 the 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.