The most expensive buildings in the world are usually casinos, which can be found in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or Macau. However, some office towers and hotels also make the list.
1. Al-Haram Mosque, Mecca — over $30 billion
The Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca is the holiest site in Islam. Millions of people make the pilgrimage to her every year. In its inner courtyard is the Holy of Holies, the Kaaba. It is a granite cube with a mysterious black stone inside. According to Mohammed, a prayer at the al-Haram Mosque is worth hundreds of thousands of prayers anywhere else.
2. Abraj Al Bait, Mecca — $15 billion
The Abraj Al Bait Towers are a group of high-rise buildings with a gigantic skyscraper in the middle. The tower is 601 meters high, making it the second tallest building in the world. At the top sits a clock that tells believers in Mecca the exact time for the five daily prayers.
3.Tokamak reactor, France — $14 billion
A research institute has also made it onto the list of the 19 most expensive buildings in the world: the Tokama reactor in France is said to make nuclear fusion possible on earth instead of on the sun. However, it is still unclear whether the attempt will succeed.
4.Marina Bay Sands, Singapore — $8 billion
If you want to gamble at the most expensive casino in the world, you have to travel to Singapore. Because that’s where the Marina Bay Sands is. This scores with a phenomenal roof terrace and the world-famous infinity pool, a swimming pool with spectacular views that seems to end in nothing.
5. Emirates Palace, Abu Dahbi — $6 billion
The most expensive luxury hotel ever built is the Emirates Palace, which opened in Abu Dahbi in 2006. Due to the luxurious amenities, the hotel’s managers claim to be well above five stars. Fans of the “Fast & Furious” film series know the building from the seventh part.
6. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore — $5.4 billion
Resorts World Sentosa is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Singapore. Under its roof is a Universal Studio, an adventure water park and the world’s largest oceanarium. More than 10,000 employees work there every day to keep the company running.
7. Australian Parliament Building, Canberra — $4.2 billion
Parliament House in Canberra is located in the city center on Capital Hill. Workers removed half of the hill to construct the building. After completion, the building was again covered with earth. That’s why grass is growing on the roof of Parliament House. The construction cost more than one billion Australian dollars in 1988. Converted into US dollars, the building with its 4,700 rooms would cost 4.2 billion dollars (3.76 billion euros) today.
8. The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas – $4.1 billion (€3.67 billion)
The Cosmopoliton is America’s most expensive casino resort. It consists of two towers offering 3,000 rooms and the Marquee Nightclub, one of the most successful clubs in the USA.
9. Freedom Tower, New York City — $4 billion
The Freedom Tower, now dubbed “The One World Trade Center,” stands at Ground Zero, next to where the World Trade Center, destroyed by a terrorist attack in 2001, once stood. The building is the same size as the Twin Towers at 541 meters and has 104 floors.
10. Wynn Resort, Las Vegas — $3.3 billion
Las Vegas is just as expensive as Macau. Among other things, there is the Wynn Resort, which has five-star ratings from Michelin, Mobil and many other agencies, among others. It was also the first hotel to have windows that automatically cleaned themselves.