20 July 2021

Mayor Aboutaleb world's best mayor?

Written by: Nicolette Lohman

We often tell the world how proud we are of Rotterdam. Proud of its energy, its innovative and enterprising character and its port. But have we told you how proud we are of our mayor? Ahmed Aboutaleb is one of the twelve finalists for the 'World Mayor Prize', an award from an independent organization that chooses the best mayor in the world once every two years.

According to the WorldMayorcontest organisation, Ahmed Aboutaleb is 'no ordinary mayor', and we couldn’t agree more. A warm, respectful human being with genuine interest in people, the first immigrant mayor of the Netherlands, fighting for freedom of religion and speech. As one of the driving forces of Rotterdam. Make It Happen, he brings our city to the rest of the world.

The award honors mayors for their vision, passion and skills to make their cities the most beautiful places to live, work in and visit. Coinciding with the 12.5 year anniversary of Mayor Aboutaleb, we think he has earned this award!

Read more 👉 WorldMayorcontest

📸 Jiri Buller

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