DOHA: Doha has made it one of the 14 official finalists through to the last round of the New7Wonders Cities global campaign.
The 7 Official New7Wonders Cities will be declared on December 7 this year. Doha is the only city in the GCC short-listed from over 1,200 nominees from over 220 countries.
Announcing the finalists from the New7Wonders headquarters in Munich, Germany; Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, commented, “The short-list is as inspiring as it is enlightening.”
The rest of the finalists include Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (United States), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Vigan (Philippines).
Eamonn Fitzgerald, Head of Communication at New7Wonders, said, “The shortlist will now help voters to focus their understanding of a key trend shaping our world today: urbanization. Whether it is innovation or income inequality, or migration or mass transport, some of the most provocative questions of our time are being debated in the context of a changing world in which the majority of humanity lives in cities.”
Started two years ago, New7Wonders Cities is the third global vote and follows the New7Wonders of the World and New7Wonders of Nature campaigns.
Established in 2001, the foundation aims at contributing to the protection of the world’s human-built and natural heritage and fostering respect for the planet’s diversity.
Those who want to vote for Doha in the final stage may cast votes via the website new7wonders.com, via the iPhone and Android apps, international telephone voting lines and via national SMS.