The Arab Towns Organization (ATO) is a network which exists to develop cooperation between Arab cities in order to promote their development, while preserving their Arab identity.
History and profile
ATO was set up in Kuwait on 15 March 1967. It is based in Kaifan, Kuwait City.
Membership is open to municipalities, from Arab nations, other institutions with related activities and interested individuals. Member cities, according to the website (in 2008), come from the following countries : Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. There are several related institutions, including a Development Fund for Arab Cities, which began life in 1979, and the Arab Urban Development Institute which started up in 1980, describing itself as ‘the scientific and technical wing of the ATO’. As of 2013, the organization had members from twenty-two countries.
ATO is one of the main partners in the Euro-Arab Forum, which has organised conferences in Dubai in 2008 and Malaga in 2011. The other partners are COPPEM, CEMR and the Congress of the Council of Europe.
As of 2011 the ATO Secretary General was Abdulaziz Al Adasani. He was re-elected in 2010 for another three-year term, at the 15th ATO General Assembly in Kuwait in October 2010. A decision was taken at this meeting to hold the 16th Assembly in Aleppo in 2012.
Petra News Agency
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:22:30 -0800
Doha, Feb.12 (Petra) -- Amman competes within 58 Arab cities and figures in the 12th session for the "Environmental health and information technology" awards organized by the Arab Towns Organization (ATO). Jordan is contending for the Environmental ...
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 02:24:16 -0800
As part of bridging cooperation between international bodies and organization aiming at sharing of ideas and best practices in order to better services and activities, Dubai Municipality has recently received a delegation from Arab Towns Organization.
Kuwait News Agency
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:11:15 -0700
1967 -- The Arab Towns Organization was established, with headquarters set up in Kuwait. It is a regional, non-governmental organization, specialized in towns and municipalities' affairs. 1974 -- Kuwait Television started transmission with the colored ...
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:02:59 -0800
... Economic & Social Development (AFESD), the Arab Planning Institute (API), the Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), and the Arab Towns Organization (ATO), he said.
Construction Week Online
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:00:00 -0800
Kuwait City is undergoing a construction renaissance, with more than 60,000 houses, a new railway station, international port and several other projects set to complete within the next four years, according to the chairman and managing director of ...
Sun, 18 Mar 2012 02:13:35 -0700
Sétif, une cité modèle, selon Arab towns organization » est le titre d'un article publié ce samedi par notre agence officielle d'information, APS. Selon cette source, le secrétaire général-adjoint de l'Arab Towns Organization, basée au Koweït, a estimé ...
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:05:27 -0700
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