A new global list released by real estate data management firm Emporis has singled out Hong Kong as the world's best skyline with 7,794 buildings and 133,531 score points. This is followed by New York City, Singapore, Moscow, and Seoul.
Dubai with its 686 buildings and a score of 20,642 points, put the emirate in sixth place.
Rounding out the world’s top 10 best skylines are Chicago, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, and Bangkok.
The list ranks cities by the visual impact of their skylines drawn entirely from statistics in Emporis' database. Only completed high-rise buildings is taken into account but TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures are not included in its calculations.
The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has said that 2014 was the “tallest ever” for skyscraper construction globally, with a record 97 buildings standing 200m tall or more completed during the year, 74 of which were centered in Asia, and 58 of those in China itself.
There are now 935 buildings globally that bust through the 200m ceiling to qualify as skyscrapers with Dubai's Burj Khalifa still the tallest in the world, based on CTBUH records.