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The Five Most Expensive Buildings in the World

From opulent hotels to heaven reaching skyscrapers, there are modern wonders of the world a wander-lusting traveler can set their eyes on. These buildings are often expensive yet beautiful statements of a country's wealth, but sometimes mean to more to a nation that aesthetic brilliance.

While such projects are inspiring to a city or particular part of the world, they do not come cheap. The cost of planning, materials, construction, and manpower regularly reach into the billions. And then there are other costs, such as those illustrated in CommercialCafe's property taxes report.

Not all buildings are created equally. With that in mind, we take a look at the five most expensive buildings on planet earth.

5. The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas, United States - $3.90 Billion

If you take a wander down the Las Vegas strip, you are bound to run into The Cosmopolitan. This 52 story, luxury resort cost US$3.90 billion to construct and was created by Deutsche Bank of Germany. Blackstone Group Corporation bought The Cosmopolitan from Deutsche Bank in 2014 for US$1.73 billion, and these days it features an incredible 3000 rooms, a 110,000 sq. ft. casino, retail space, a convention center, and much more.

4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - $3.90 Billion

You might have expected Abu Dhabi to feature somewhere in this list and for good reason.  Emirates Palace is still the second most expensive hotel ever built. You will find the palace in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and the property is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, where it is the official hotel of the emirate's leaders. British architect John Elliott was responsible for designing the hotel, which was eventually built in 2005.The Emirates hotel is a whopping 850000 square meters, with various features.

3. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore - $4.93 Billion

Singapore makes its first appearance on this list with its jaw dropping Resorts World Sentosa.  Built by the Malaysian company Genting Group, The Resorts World Sentosa is the site of numerous hotels, casinos, and even the Universal Studios theme park of Singapore. There is a marine life park here which hosts the largest aquarium in the world, covering a massive 8 hectares. There are more than 100,000 marine animals present in this stunning attraction.

2. Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay, Singapore - $5.5 Billion

Singapore, as you have probably guessed by now, has some pretty awesome buildings. Marina Bay Sands is the most costly integrated resort ever constructed and is one of the main attractions of Singapore. Covering a crazy 15.5 hectares, the building holds a hotel, restaurants, and a wide range of other all-purpose buildings. Sands Sky park is one of the main attractions of the resort and provides tourists with a heavenly view of Singapore.

1. Abraj Al Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia - $15 Billion

Yes, you read that right. The most expensive building ever built cost a staggering $15 Billion. With an incredible 120 stories, Abraj Al Bait is the costliest skyscraper ever built. Located in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Abraj Al Bait is within walking distance of Masjid al-Haram mosque. The hotel regularly houses pilgrims who flock to Mecca every year, and is beyond any other building on the planet in terms of a spectacle.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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