Madinah Al Munawwarah listed among world’s healthiest cities

The Prophet (PBUH)’s Mosque [Al-Masjid an-Nabawi] in the city of Madinah Al Munawwarah.
The city of Madinah Al Munawwarah has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as among the world’s healthiest cities.


The holy city gained accreditation after a visiting WHO team said that it met all the international standards required to be a healthy city.

Madinah Al Munawwarah is believed to be the first city with a population of more than 2 million people to be acknowledged under the organization’s healthy cities program.

An aerial photo of Madinah Al Munawwarah. (

A total of 22 government, charity, community, and volunteer agencies helped prepare for the WHO accreditation.

The city’s combined program included a strategic partnership with Taibah University to record government requirements on an electronic platform for the organization’s review.

Taibah University, Madinah Al Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia.

The WHO also advocated that the university provide training to other national city agencies interested in participating in the healthy cities program.

A committee lead by the university’s president, Dr. Abdul Aziz Assarani, superintended 100 members representing the 22 government, civil, volunteer, and charity agencies.

An aerial photo of Madinah Al Munawwarah. (

Criteria consisted of meeting goals set by the Madinah Region Strategy Project and the initiation of a “Humanizing Cities” program.

As per WHO standards, “a healthy city is one that is constantly creating and improving those physical and social environments” for its citizens.

The city also works on “expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in carrying out all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential.”

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