Taj Mahal inclusion in new list of seven wonders delights Indian expats in UAE

DUBAI — The inclusion of Taj Mahal in the new list of seven wonders polled by people around the globe has delighted the Indian expatriates in the UAE.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 9 Jul 2007, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:04 AM

New 7 Wonders Foundation, a Swiss non-profit group, launched the contest in January, allowing Internet and telephone voters to choose between 21 sites short-listed from 77 selected by a jury. Reports said, it had gathered nearly 100 million votes by the end of polling by midnight on Friday.

Taj Mahal accompanied by The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico and the Roman Collosseum in the list announced at a gala ceremony in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to coincide with the date 07.07.07.

C. Gangadhar, Assistant Director of India Tourism Dubai, said, “ This announcement will boost the tourism sector in India to a further level. Taj Mahal was always a pride of India and this announcement will attract more tourists from all over the world to India.”

He said, “Taj Mahal was always admired as one of the best man-made marvels by the global community. This poll result adds more attention which can boost India’s growing tourism sector,” he added.

“ When people visit India to See Taj, they will also go to other places. This will help other Indian destinations to attract more tourists,” he pointed out.

Dr Ram Buxani, prominent Indian businessman, said, “Taj Mahal is monument of Love. This announcement is a pride for India and Indians. It will boost the image of the country and help more people to visit India.”

“ I congratulate Indians as well as global community for recognising Taj Mahal once again. This is a historic moments for India,” he added.

Faisal Ahmed, a media professional, said, “ I think Taj Mahal does not need any more recognition especially from a private agency. Taj Mahal is a pride of India and it is a clean example of the India’s rich cultural heritage.”

“However, this announcement brought Taj Mahal once again to limelight. It will help to attract more people to India,” he added.

Bob Mathew a shipping agent in Dubai said, “ I am happy to hear the news. But still Iam not convinced about the private agency running a show and selecting Taj Mahal as new seven wonders.”

“ As the organisers claim, if 100 million people were voted in the poll it is definitely an achievement,” he added.

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