Abha clinches WHO title of “Healthy City”

March 5, 2010

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that it is designating Abha, the capital of Assir Province, as a “Healthy City.” The WHO launched its Healthy Cities initiative to recognize locales that offer good environmental conditions for their residents and to encourage those who are lagging behind.

In a statement, Asir Mayor Hamdan bin Fares Al-Osaimi noted that the criteria considered by the WHO when making the designations includes general environmental cleanliness, the disposal of waste, the non-existence of any sources of pollution and the sanitary conditions of food stores.

The city of Abha, a popular tourist site, encompasses 63 parks and gardens, including green spaces spread over more than 153,000 square meters of land. The picturesque city has 3.7 million flowers and roses, 25,000 trees and shrubs, and 300,000 seedlings.

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