The sky's the limit

Decades ago, skyscraper projects were quintessentially U.S.--but no more. Today, two of the tallest buildings currently under construction are in China, and the Middle East is home to half of the top 10 biggest skyscraper projects. This article identifies some of the biggest skyscraper megaprojects, discusses how these projects face economic instability, vocal stakeholders, and increased regulation, and reveals how the project teams handled these challenges. One of the biggest challenges for the Al Hamra Tower project in Kuwait City, Kuwait, was withstanding the heat. Temperatures can reach 46C (115F).The Abraj Al Bait Towers in Saudi Arabia has been plagued by controversy because a historic Turkish fortress was destroyed to make room for the development, and has faced two separate fires. The Mercury City project in Moscow, Russia, was delayed when concerns relating to concrete sediment runoff into the Moscow River, which posed a threat to the shipping industry, were voiced. The Shanghai Tower project in Shan
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