By Reuters  http://www.arabianbusiness.com

The UAE has the “vainest” skyscrapers in the world, a report measuring the extent of spires and other height-boosting additions to the top of buildings has said.

marina morning by Ali Sabbagh, on Flickr
marina morning by Ali Sabbagh, on Flickr

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) said unusable space at the top of the UAE’s 19 tallest buildings was an average 19 percent of their total height, a measure it called the “vanity height”.

The building with the largest vanity height is the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, of which 29 percent or 244 meters is unusable – which would rank on its own as the 11th tallest building in Europe, the CTBUH said.

The top three was completed by the Zifeng Tower in Nanjing, China, and the Bank of America Tower in New York. China and the United States were also second and third respectively for the average figure across all of their tall buildings. More info

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