Doha in final stages of global top city competition

The New7Wonders Cities Foundation arranges once a year an online voting competition to recognise the most attractive urban centre across the globe.

The Foundation established in 2001, aims at contributing to the protection of the world’s human-built and natural heritage and fostering respect for the planet’s diversity.

Doha is the only city in the GCC shortlisted from over 1,200 nominees of 220+ countries and the seventh official New7Wonders Cities will be declared this 7 December.

The other finalists include Barcelona of Spain, Beirut of Lebanon, Chicago of the US, Durban of South Africa, Havana, Cuba, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, La Paz of Bolivia, London of the United Kingdom, Mexico City, Perth of Australia, Quito of Ecuador, Reykjavik, Iceland and Vigan of the 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.”

To push Doha into the final stage, voters may cast votes via the website, or iPhone and Android apps, international telephone voting lines and via national SMS.