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Qatar featured in Tall Building Year in Review

by Kim Kemp on Jan 11, 2017

Detailed image of 20 tallest buildings completed in 2016, taken from CTBUH Research Report 2016 Year in Review.
Detailed image of 20 tallest buildings completed in 2016, taken from CTBUH Research Report 2016 Year in Review.
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According to latest Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's review, Qatar completed four 200-metre-plus buildings in 2016.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in its 2016 CTBUH Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016 determined that around the world, 128 buildings of 200 metres’ height or greater were completed in 2016 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions, while marking the third consecutive record-breaking year.

Top of the list for the tallest building to be completed in 2016 was Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, the tallest building in Guangzhou, the second-tallest building in China and the fifth-tallest building in the world at 530 metres.

Asia remained the epicentre of skyscrapers in 2016, with 107 buildings completed, representing 84% of the 128-building total.

The Middle East had nine completions in 2016, matching its 2015 numbers, while North America experienced a slight increase this year, up from in 2015 to seven completions in 2016.

China had the most 200-metre-plus completions – for the ninth consecutive year – with a record 84 outdoing its previous annual record of 68 in 2015, an increase of 24%.

Ranked second, the United States completed seven 200-metre-plus buildings, a significant increase over the two buildings completed in 2015, while South Korea had six completions, Indonesia completed five and both the Philippines and Qatar completed four.

Shenzhen had the highest number of 200-metre-plus completions of any city in 2016 with 11 (more than any country other than China), while China’s Chongqing and Guangzhou and Goyang, South Korea tied for second place, each completing with six. The total height of buildings completed in Shenzhen is 2,608 metres.

Middle East and Africa

Lagging behind in rankings, Africa has yet to see a 200-metre-plus completion since 1973.

However, for the second year running, the Middle East ended the year with nine completions. The report noted that while this continues a steady trend of completions in the region, by comparison it falls far short to its all-time high of 23 completions in 2013, a spike that was credited to a global post-recession recovery in tall building construction.

2016 was the first year since 2006 that the Middle East has not seen the completion of a supertall (300-plus-metre) building. However, the report continued, “one should be wary of assuming that this is indicative of a regional swing away from the supertall height threshold”.

Optimistic projections show as many as nine supertall buildings completing in the Middle East in 2017, it added.

The United Arab Emirates did not have the greatest number of completions in the region for the year, which the report noted was “unusual”.

That accomplishment went to Qatar, which saw four towers completed in 2016, with the UAE followed with just two completions.

Also in the region, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain tied with one completed 200-metre-plus structure each.

The tallest building to complete in 2016 in the Middle East is Regent Emirates Pearl, a 255-metre tower in Abu Dhabi that twists along its height at a rate of approximately 0.481 degrees per floor.