About ECAT?

Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) is a scientific research center which deals with environmental issues concerning Arab city's natural resources and sustainable development. ECAT is affiliated with the Arab Town Organization (ATO) and hosted by Dubai Municipality and operates under the umbrella of the Director General of Dubai Municipality as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and 11 representatives from ATO member cities.


The center specialized in offering awareness and research services in different environmental fields especially organizing environmental conferences and exhibitions, training programmes and workshops in addition to issuing the EnviroCities e-magazine and kids magazine. ECAT working to encourage cooperation and collaboration between environmental agencies and organizations at local, regional and international level in addition to knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer and best environmental practices among Arab cities.



Arab Towns with healthy, pollution-free environments and aware, involved societies.



Working together to preserve the natural and urban environments and protect them from pollution in the shadow of sustainable development.



The centre aims to fulfill its vision and mission based on the following values:

  • Participant:

Effective contribution to provide environmental solutions to address the needs of Arab towns

  • Knowledge:

Acquiring, developing, and sharing knowledge in the environmental field.

  •  Partnership:

Constructive and productive cooperation with all parties concerned in the aim of improving environmental practices in Arab towns.

  • Innovation & Appreciation:

Spread the spirit of creativity and excellence through the adoption and implementation of constructive environmental projects in Arab towns.       


Main Objectives

1. Establish a universal environmental strategy for Arab towns.

2. Provide ATO members with technical assistance and support in establishing environmental procedures and implementing strategies to preserve the natural equilibrium between all elements of nature in the shadow of sustainable development.

3. Offer technical support, consulting services and environmental expertise to ATO members in the fields of environmental health, natural resources and urban sustainable development.

4. Study the different aspects of the nature and urban environments in Arab towns and conduct research to identify and explore environmental concerns and take the necessary measures to address them.

5. Establish an Environmental Data Bank by applying an efficient Geographic Information System (GIS) to the fields of monitoring, updating, analyzing and comparing data concerning the Arab Environment. This will facilitate the documentation process and increase the level of coordination among Arab Towns.

6. Consolidate the connections, reinforce cooperation and facilitate the exchange of environmental expertise between Arab towns. This can be achieved through sharing ideas, developing mutual programs and exchanging visits between members of the ATO.

7. Prepare environmentally aware cadres in all ATO member cities which are qualified and trained in the environmental field. Trainings will be conducted in accordance with the most innovative methods and up-to-date scientific techniques.

  • Second Fujairah International Conference for Maritime Environment

    H.H. Sheikh Mo

  • 7th International EnviroCities Conference and Exhibition 2017

    The Royal Commission f

  • Canadian University Dubai in partnership with Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and DM deliver 2nd Sustainability Forum

    Recognizing the commit

  • Dubai Municipality distributes 4,000 cooling collars to protect cleaners in summer

  • Study explores geothermal energy option for UAE

    Abu Dhabi: A research

  • Eid Al Fitr holiday for private sector announced

    The Ministry of Labour




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