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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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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:15:00 -0700

DOHA, April 26 (KUNA) -- Secretary General of the Arab Towns Organization (ATO) Ahmad Al-Sabeeh underlined the need of the 9th Gulf Municipal Work Conference to share distinguished and successful expertise among GCC member states. This develops ...

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Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:54:14 -0700

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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:44:41 -0800

... Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE, Beirut, Lebanon, Ankara, Turkey, Amman, Jordan, Metropole de Lyon, France, Al Maddinah Province, KSA, Baghdad, Iraq, Manama, Bahrain, Al Rabat, Morocco, Kuwait City, ICMA, India and the Arab Towns Organization.

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Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:00:00 -0700

KUWAIT, March 14 (KUNA) -- The Arab Towns Organization (ATO) on Tuesday marks its 49th anniversary under the theme "No sustainable development with resources depletion and migration continue," Secretary General Eng. Ahmad Al-Sabeeh said.
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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:11:15 -0700

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