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High flyers: these are the world’s tallest residential buildings

If you’re looking for a room with a view, there’s no better place to catch a scenic sunrise than from one of the top floors of a skyscraper.

The term “skyscraper” was first used in the 19th century to describe steel-framed constructions of at least 10 stories. The very first building adhering to this definition was the 10-storey Home Insurance Building in Chicago, Illinois, which measured 42 metres. Completed in 1885, it only stood until 1931 when it was demolished.

Fast forward more than 130 years, and skyscrapers are no longer a novelty. However, when it comes to tall buildings, bigger is most certainly more thrilling, and the tallest buildings in the world today would literally dwarf the very first skyscrapers.

The tallest residential buildings in the world reach absolutely dizzying heights. How would you feel to live in one of these?

The tallest residential buildings in the world

10. Cayan Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 306 metres, 76 floors

Cayan Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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9. Burj Rafal, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 308 metres, 68 floors

Burj Rafal, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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8. Ocean Heights, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 310 metres, 84 floors

Ocean Heights, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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7. HHHR Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 317 metres, 72 floors

HHHR Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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6. Q1, Gold Coast, Australia – 322 metres, 80 floors

Q1, Gold Coast, Australia

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5. Marina Torch, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 348 metres, 80 floors

Marina Torch, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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4. Elite Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 381 metres, 91 floors

Elite Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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3. 23 Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 392 metres, 90 floors

23 Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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2. Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 414 metres, 101 floors

Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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1. 432 Park Avenue, New York City, United States – 425.5 metres, 96 floors

432 Park Avenue, New York City, United States

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