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Burj Al Arab makes cut for 7 wonders

Dubai's iconic hotel, the Burj Al Arab, made it into the top 77 nominations for the new Seven Wonders of the World that were announced earlier this month in Portugal.

Dubai's iconic hotel, the Burj Al Arab, made it into the top 77 nominations for the new Seven Wonders of the World that were announced earlier this month in Portugal.

Speaking to Construction Week, Tia Viering, official spokesperson for the seven wonders of the world committee said: "The only nomination we got for Dubai was for the Burj Al Arab hotel, which made it into the top 77 entries."

There has been a lot of media hype over the past couple of years about Dubai's offshore developments including the Palm Jumeirah and The World, which are visible from space, making it into the Seven Wonders list.

But according to Viering, no entry except for the Burj Al Arab, made it to the nomination list.

The new Seven Wonders of the World, that are in no particular order of importance are: The Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichén Itzá, the Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. They were selected from more than 100 million votes cast worldwide.

The Pyramids of Giza were also honoured by the new Seven Wonders project as the only remaining of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.

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