(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — Beirut was among seven cities selected as a “New7Wonders” city, beating out more than 1,000 competitors, the organization said on Sunday.
The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.
The campaign passed through several rounds of voting before reaching the election of the top seven cities.
“For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities and this election emphasizes the dramatically challenging character of our changing world,” said Weber.
28 cities were selected in the final round by a “panel of experts,” including architects and urban professors. to pass through three shortlisting votes before the seven were decided on.
Voting was then opened to the public on the “New7Wonders” website, mobile phone app, by calling in, or by sending an SMS.
The other wonder cities are: Doha in Qatar, Durban in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Vigan in Philippines, and La Paz in Bolivia.
Weber announced the results from Dubai.
Watch the announcement here: