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.

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1. South Valley Development
$90 billion

2. Jubail II
Saudi Arabia
$80 billion

3. Dubailand
$64 billion

4. International Space Station
$60 billion

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

6. Yas Island
Abu Dhabi
$39 billion

7. Songdo International Business District
South Korea
$35 billion

8. Sellafield Nuclear Site
$30 billion

9. Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi
$27 billion

10. Great Man-Made River Project
$27 billion

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