Doha in final stages of global top city competition

 Doha has reached the final stages of the New7Wonders Cities – a competition to recognise the top urban centres across the globe.

It 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, 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, via the iPhone and Android apps, international telephone voting lines and via national SMS.