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World’s 10 Largest Construction Projects

July 09, 2010

By Scott Lewis, with James Blum

Saadiyat Island Entertainment and Leisure Destination
Photo courtesy Tourism Development & Investment Co.

Saadiyat Island Entertainment and Leisure Destination

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Engineering News-Record, a sister publication to Architectural Record, has released its list of the 10 largest construction projects around the globe. The projects range in scope and purpose, from creating a vacation hot spot in the Persian Gulf to diverting water to quench North China’s thirst.

The projects here have been ranked by cost, based on U.S. dollars. Costs are not adjusted to reflect the significant differences in purchasing power among countries.

Click on the slide show icon to read short descriptions of each project. For more coverage, visit enr.com.

1. South Valley Development
Egypt
$90 billion

2. Jubail II
Saudi Arabia
$80 billion

3. Dubailand
Dubai
$64 billion

4. International Space Station
Space
$60 billion

5. South-to-North Water Transfer Project
China
$58 billion

6. Yas Island
Abu Dhabi
$39 billion

7. Songdo International Business District
South Korea
$35 billion

8. Sellafield Nuclear Site
England
$30 billion

9. Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi
$27 billion

10. Great Man-Made River Project
Libya
$27 billion

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