Dubai soon to be the best place for disabled people
Dubai will turn into the best city for people with special needs by the time it hosts Expo 2020.
In fact, Dubai is a city where has always provided people with special needs with any services and facilities. These facilities give them the chance to be self-dependent, serve their communities and fulfill their potential. The goal is to make Dubai the best city in the world for disabled people by 2020.
Shobhika Kalra, the manager of Angelz platform, along with her team tries to raise awareness about disabled people and their needs. She said she had seen a gradual progress in meeting the needs of disabled people. For instance, in terms of accessibility of wheelchair for these people, there has been steady progress in Dubai.
Kalra believes Dubai is working hard toward becoming as disabled-friendly as possible. For example, it has attempted to help these people with wheelchair friendly taxis and tactile indicators for the visually impaired people at metro station. Above all, it has made a lot of effort to change people’s attitude which is extremely rewarding.
Also, according to Kalra, Dubai has done a lot of work to make people with special need feel included. Besides, in the future, they will be given more job opportunities based on their talent. In addition, in the near future, their disability will no longer be a problem to find a suitable job.
Gulshan Kavarana is the founder of Special Families Support (SFS). He has a 22-year-old daughter with a rare syndrome called Dravet Syndrome.He has said that the situation for people with special needs has improved. Also, he pointed out that he felt lucky to be in the UAE due to the benefits for disabled people.
In the past, Gulshan has had this belief about the USA. Actually, he thought that the USA is very disabled-friendly. However, now he is of the opinion that Dubai is much better that the USA. For instance, in Dubai, disabled people have comfortable free access to beaches, parks and any other activities they need.
Steps to empower people with special needs
> First Accessible Tourism International Summit
During the Expo 2020, Dubai will be hosting the first Accessible Tourism International Summit. It will run from November 5 to 6 with the goal of making all cities friendly for tourists with special needs.
> Region’s first PoD advisory panel
Another step was launching the first PoD Advisory Panel by Majid Al Futtaim Group. The panel tries to help disabled people through digital services, staff training and the involvement of disabled people into its workforce.
According to what has been discussed above, Dubai is so close to becoming the world’s most disabled-friendly city. It will be the best place for people with special needs by the time it hosts Expo 2020.
*Some of the information above was based on Khaleej Times website.
*Written By: Maral Aryanpour