Doha on shortlist to become New7Wonders City
Seven official winners will be declared in December
The New7Wonders Cities campaign has Doha as one of the 14 official finalists through to the last round of the global campaign.
Started two years ago, New7Wonders Cities is the third global vote and follows the New7Wonders of the World and New7Wonders of Nature campaigns.
Doha is the only city in the GCC shortlisted from over 1,200 nominees from more than 220 countries and the seven official New7Wonders Cities will be declared on 7 December this year.
At the New7Wonders headquarters in Munich, Germany Bernard Weber, founder-president of New7Wonders, said: “The short-list is as inspiring as it is enlightening.”
Other 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).
According to Eamonn Fitzgerald, head of communication at New7Wonders: “The shortlist will now help voters to focus their understanding of a key trend shaping our world today: urbanisation. 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.”
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 and was established in 2001.
To push Doha into the final stage, voters may cast votes via the website new7wonders.com, via the iPhone and Android apps, international telephone voting lines and via national SMS.