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Masjid Al-Haram tops the list of most expensive buildings

Masjid Al-Haram tops the list of most expensive buildingsThe largest mosque in the world, The Holy Mosque in Mecca, Masjid Al-Haram occupies the first position in the top of the most expensive buildings in the world with $ 100 billion dollars invested in its ongoing construction. The pilgrimage site located in the heart of Saudi Arabia covers the surface of 356.800 square meters. By 2020, when the new design would be finished, the Mosque will be not only the most expensive church in the world, but also the most expensive building worldwide. By comparison, the construction costs of the hotel Burj Al Arab, the only seven-star awarded hotel in the world, were of $ 1.5 billion.

The second place of the top is occupied by the Abraj Al- Bait Towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which construction’s const were estimated to be about 14.5 billion dollars. On the third position there is the 6.5 billion hotel World Sentosa in Singapore. World Sentosa complex consists of six hotels, two casinos, a theme park, a water park and an impressive aquarium.

The top ten most expensive buildings in the world list is dominated by uber-luxe holiday resorts and casinos in America, the Middle East and South-East Asia. Every single building cost more than $1.6 billion to build.

Geographically diverse but united by a mixture of spectacular architecture, lavish fittings and a mind boggling number of floors, they are also some of the tallest buildings on the planet.

The list is made up of two separate buildings in Las Vegas, one in New York, two in Saudi Arabia, one in the UAE, two in China and the remaining two in Singapore.

The building which replaced the World Trade Center twin towers in New York features at number six having cost $3.6 billion - One World Trade Center is a towering 1,776ft – the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

The only UK property to scrape the 'twenty most expensive buildings' is Wembley Stadium in London. The one other European building to make the top twenty is the Seat of the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt, Germany which is made up of two towers conjoined by an atrium.

Probably many other buildings could be included in this ranking, such as the Romanian Palace of the Parliament (the second largest administrative building in the world) but its construction costs are unknown, the property being evaluated in a few years to 3 billion. The ranking also includes casinos along with luxury hotel complexes in the US, Middle East and Southeast Asia.
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