The most expensive buildings in the world are usually casinos, and these buildings can be found in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Macau. However, some office towers and hotels are also included in this list.
1. Al-Haram Mosque, Mecca – more than $30 billion
The Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca is the holiest place in Islam, attracting millions of visitors every year. In its inner courtyard lies the Holy of Holies, the Kaaba, a granite cube containing a mysterious black stone. According to Muhammad, the value of a prayer in the “Al-Haram” mosque is hundreds of thousands of prayers greater than anywhere else.
2. Abraj Al Bait, Mecca – $15 billion
The Abraj Al Bait Towers, a group of high-rise buildings with a massive skyscraper in the center, stand at a height of 601 meters, making it the second tallest building in the world. Atop this tower is a clock that informs the faithful in Mecca of the exact time for the five daily prayers.
3. Tokamak reactor, France – $14 billion
Included in the list of the 19 most expensive buildings in the world by the research institute, the Tokamak reactor in France is purported to enable nuclear fusion on Earth, rather than in the Sun. However, the success of this attempt remains unknown.
4. Marina Bay Sands (Singapore) – $8 billion
To experience gambling in the world’s most expensive casino, one should visit Singapore, home to Marina Bay Sands. The result is a phenomenal rooftop terrace and a world-renowned infinity pool, offering a breathtaking view that seems never-ending.
5. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi – $6 billion
The most expensive luxury hotel ever built, Emirates Palace, opened in Abu Dhabi in 2006. Hotel managers claim it exceeds five-star standards due to its luxurious amenities. Fans of the “Fast and Furious” film series may recognize the building from the seventh part.
6. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore – $5.4 billion
Resorts World Sentosa stands as one of the largest tourist centers in Singapore, housing Universal Studio, an adventure water park, and the world’s largest oceanarium under its roof. Over 10,000 employees work here daily to keep the company running.
7. Australian Parliament Building, Canberra – $4.2 billion
Located at the heart of Canberra on Capital Hill, the Australian Parliament House required the demolition of half the hill for its construction. Once completed, it was covered with soil, resulting in grass growing on the roof. The construction cost one billion Australian dollars in 1988, equivalent to $700.4 billion (€2.3 billion) today.
8. Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas – $4.1 billion (€3.67 billion)
The “Cosmopolitan” is the most expensive casino resort in America, boasting two towers offering three rooms each and the Marquee Nightclub, one of the most successful clubs in the United States.
9. Freedom Tower, New York City – $4 billion
Now known as “One World Trade Center,” the Freedom Tower stands at Ground Zero next to the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in a terrorist attack in 2001. The tower matches the size of the Twin Towers at 541 meters tall with 104 floors.
10. Wynn Resort, Las Vegas – $3.3 billion
Las Vegas rivals Macau in terms of expenses, with Wynn Resort holding five-star ratings from Michelin, Mobil, and various other agencies. It was also the first hotel to feature self-cleaning windows.