Rotterdam - Ahmed Aboutaleb
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Municipality: 325.79 km2
Body: Municipal council
Mayor: Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA)
Ahmed Aboutaleb was born on 29 August 1961 in Beni Sidel in Morocco. He grew up as a son of a Riffian Amazigh Sunniimam in a small village in the Nador Province, Rif region. Together with his mother and brothers he moved to the Netherlands in 1976, when he was 15 years old. Aboutaleb had already noticed how he differed from other kids. As he says in an interview: 'I was so different, such a school dork. I wanted to learn, I wanted to know everything.' Aboutaleb then studied Electrical engineering with a specialisation in Telecommunication at different schools up to the Hogere Technische School where he obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree. After graduating he found work as reporter for Veronica, NOS-radio and RTL Nieuws. He also worked at the public relations department of the Dutch health ministry. In 1998, Aboutaleb became director of the Forum organisation, an institute dealing with multiculturalism in the Netherlands. He also obtained a post as civil servant with the municipality of Amsterdam.
Ahmed Aboutaleb (Beni Sidel, 29 augustus 1961) is een Nederlands politicus van Marokkaanse afkomst van de Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA). Hij is sinds 5 januari 2009 burgemeester van Rotterdam. In zijn voorlaatste functie was hij vanaf 22 februari 2007 staatssecretaris van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid in het kabinet-Balkenende IV. Daarvoor was hij wethouder in de gemeente Amsterdam (2004-2007).
More info about cityRotterdam is the second-largest city after Amsterdam and municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.
A major logistic and economic centre, Rotterdam is Europe's largest port. It has a population of 634,660 and is home to 174 nationalities. Rotterdam is known for its Erasmus University, its riverside setting, lively cultural life, maritime heritage and modern architecture. The near-complete destruction of the city centre in the World War II Rotterdam Blitz has resulted in a varied architectural landscape, including sky-scrapers (an uncommon sight in other Dutch cities) designed by renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Piet Blom and Ben van Berkel.The Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt give waterway access into the heart of Western Europe, including the highly industrialized Ruhr. The extensive distribution system including rail, roads, and waterways have earned Rotterdam the nicknames "Gateway to Europe" and "Gateway to the World". Rotterdam will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.More