Top 10 Most Expensive Buildings In The World 2022

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Want to know what is the most expensive building in the world? The Great Mosque of Mecca (Masjid al-Haram) is by a vast distance the most expensive building in the world. Continuing expansion projects have been added to its cost over the years and it is estimated that its cost is now $100 billion in today’s money. Abraj al-Bait, also in Mecca, comes in second place with a cost of $16 billion that was completed in 2012. Singapore’s luxurious Marina Bay Sands resort ranks third. Here we have listed the top 10 most Expensive Buildings in the world 2022.


10. Emirates Palace – $3 billion

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Emirates Palace is the tenth most expensive building in the world by 2022. This is a luxury five star hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is operated by Mandarin Oriental as of January 1, 2020. The hotel project was launched in December 2001 and was initially operated by Kempinski from its opening in November 2005 until January 1, 2020.

Furthermore, the hotel’s design is a blend of Islamic architectural elements such as balance, geometry, proportion, rhythm and hierarchical emphasis as well as modern methods of design and construction. The central dome has elaborate geometric patterns and 114 smaller domes are spread throughout the building. The color of the building was inspired by the different shades of sand found in the Arabian Desert. Construction cost approximately US$3 billion making it the third most Expensive Hotel ever built, surpassing the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

  • Location: Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Estimated cost: $3 billion


09. Lotte World Tower – $3.1 billion

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Lotte World Tower is the ninth most expensive building in the world. It is a 1,823 ft, 123-story skyscraper located in Sincheon-dong, Songpa District, Seoul, South Korea. Lotte World Tower is currently the tallest building in South Korea and the sixth tallest building in the world.

In addition, Lotte World Tower is a landmark of Seoul and the first 100-storey building in Korea.  When it was completed, it was the fourth tallest tower in the world and the tallest in OECD countries. The conceptual design calls for a tapered cone with convex, gently curved sides. Also, an exterior of light-colored glass takes inspiration from Korean ceramics and has accents of metallic filigree.

  • Location: Sincheon-dong, Songpa District, Seoul, South Korea
  • Estimated cost: $3.1 billion

08. One World Trade Center – $3.9 billion

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One World Trade Center is eighth in the top 10 most expensive buildings in the world 2022. It is the main building of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. A WTC is the tallest building in the United States and the seventh tallest building in the world.

The initial construction cost of One World Trade Center was estimated in February 2007 to be approximately $3 billion, or $1,150 per square foot. However, the tower’s total estimated construction cost had risen to $3.9 billion by April 2012, making it the most expensive building in the world at the time. The construction of the tower was partially funded by the approximately $1 billion in insurance money that Silverstein received for his losses in the September 11 attacks.

  • Location: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
  • Estimated cost: $3.8 billion


07. The Cosmopolitan – $4.1 billion

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (The Cosmo) is a luxury resort casino and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It has two tall towers, the Boulevard Tower and the Chelsea Tower, both of which are 184 meters in height.  The Cosmopolitan is the seventh most expensive building in the world. The $3.9 billion building includes 3,027 rooms, 110,000 square feet of casino, 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 40,000 square feet of spa and fitness facility, a 3,200-seat theater and 150,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. The resort opened on December 15, 2010, and is located south of the Bellagio on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard. In 2013, the hotel was rated “The Best Hotel in the World” by Gogobot. In 2015, the resort was named as one of the “Top Hotels in the World” on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List.

  • Location: Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
  • Estimated cost: $4.1 billion

06. Wynn Palace – $4.2 billion

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Wynn Palace is sixth among the top 10 most expensive buildings in the world. It is the second luxury integrated resort from international resort developer Wynn Resorts in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Located in Cotai, it consists of a 28-story hotel with 1,706 rooms, suites and villas, meeting facilities, over 106,000 square feet of luxury retail, 13 casual and fine dining restaurants, Macau’s largest spa, a salon, a pool and a pool. and approximately 424,000 square feet of casino space.

Additionally, the resort also features a variety of entertainment experiences, including an 8-acre performance lake with choreographed displays of water, music and light, the unique Skycab, spectacular, large-scale floral displays by renowned designer Preston Bailey, and  Contains an extensive collection of art.

  • Location: Cotai, Macau, Special administrative regions of China
  • Estimated cost: $4.2 billion

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05. Resorts World Sentosa – $4.93 billion

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Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort on Sentosa Island, located on the southern coast of Singapore. Major attractions at RWS include one of two casinos in Singapore, a Universal Studios Singapore theme park, and the first in Southeast Asia, Adventure Cove Waterpark, as well as the Singapore Oceanarium, the world’s second largest oceanfront. It was first conceived in 2006, the US$5.03 billion resort was developed by Genting Singapore, and construction began in 2007. It was the third most expensive building ever built upon completion in 2010. Resorts World Sentosa is the fifth most expensive building in the world in 2022.

In addition, the resort occupies approximately 50 hectares of land and directly employs up to 15,000 people. The soft launch of the first four hotels took place on 20 January 2010, followed by the Festivewalk Shopping Mall on 1 February.

  • Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore
  • Estimated cost: $4.93 billion

04. Apple Park – $5 billion

Apple Park is the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California, United States. It was opened to employees in April 2017 while construction was still underway. Apple Park is one of the top 10 most expensive buildings in the world 2022 with an estimated $5 billion to build. The main building’s scale and rounded groundscraper design by Norman Foster have earned the structure the media nickname “Spaceship”. In addition, situated on a total 1.46 km (360 acres) suburban site, it houses over 12,000 employees in a central four-story circular building of approximately 64 acres.

  • Location: Cupertino, California, U.S.
  • Estimated cost: $5 billion


03. Marina Bay Sands – $5.5 billion

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Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort in Singapore facing Marina Bay. It is the third most expensive building in the world. At its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at US$6.88 billion, including the cost of the land. It is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The resort includes a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000-square-meter convention-exhibition center, 74,000-sq-mi Marina Bay Sands Mall, shops, a museum, and a large theatre. Also, the complex includes three towers topped by a connecting 340-metre-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,902 people and a 150 m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 66.5 m.

  • Location: Bayfront Subzone, Downtown Core, Singapore
  • Estimated cost: $5.5 billion

02.Abraj Al Bait – $16 billion

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The Abraj al-Bait is the second most expensive building in the world, costing about $16 billion to build. It is a state-owned complex of seven skyscrapers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Abraj al-Bait towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project, which aims to modernize the city for its pilgrims. In addition, the central hotel tower, the Mecca Clock Royal Tower, has the largest clock face in the world and is the fourth tallest building in the world and the sixth tallest freestanding structure. Also, the clock tower houses the Clock Tower Museum which is located on the top four floors of the tower.

  • Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Estimated cost: $16 billion


01. Masjid al-Haram – $100 billion

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The buildings of Masjid al-Haram are the most expensive buildings in the world. With a capacity of 4 million worshipers, the world’s largest mosque Masjid al-Haram costs much more than the most expensive buildings in the world. Masjid al-Haram (also known as the Great Mosque of Mecca) is a mosque that surrounds the Kaaba in Mecca, in the Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia. 

In addition, the Masjid al-Haram is a place of pilgrimage in the Hajj, which every Muslim must perform at least once in their life when they are able and is also the main stage for Umrah, a lesser pilgrimage that can be performed at any time of the year. The rites of both pilgrimages include circumambulating the Kaaba inside the mosque. The Great Mosque contains other important sites, including the Black Stone, Zamzam Well, Maqam Ibrahim, and the hills of Safa and Marwa.

  • Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Estimated cost: $100 billion

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