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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[edit]

ATO was set up in Kuwait on 15 March 1967.[1][2] It is based in Kaifan, Kuwait City.[2]

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[3] 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.[2]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Relations
  2. ^ a b c Chadwick F. Alger (13 August 2013). The UN System and Cities in Global Governance. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 139. ISBN 978-3-319-00512-6. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Arab Urban

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Kuwait News Agency
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:11:15 -0800

... and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah A-Salem Al-Sabah opened the regional bureau of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) at the headquarters of the Arab Towns Organization (ATO) in Shuwaik area.

Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait News Agency
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 06:49:23 -0700

KUWAIT, Oct 3 (KUNA) -- The Arab Towns Organization (ATO) has picked up Eng. Ahmad Al-Sabeeh as its new Secretary-General. Speaking to KUNA, Al-Sabeeh expressed his desire to develop ATO work in order to be one of the leading prestigious ...

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Arab News
Wed, 06 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

... has been organized by Madinah Municipality in collaboration with the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Dubai Municipality, Taibah University and the Environmental Center for Arab Towns and the Arab Towns Organization.

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Arab News
Sun, 07 Jun 2015 12:07:30 -0700

... to the development of environmental and engineering requirements for all its projects to ensure environment preservation. As a result of these efforts, the RCJ was ranked first in the Arab Towns Organization (ATO) Award at its 12th session on ...

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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 ...

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