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About Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, launched the "My Community - A City for Everyone" initiative in November 2013, which aims to fully transform Dubai into a disabled-friendly city by 2020. To achieve this objective, the Dubai Code is being established to maximise the participation and inclusion of every citizen, especially disabled people, and empower them to achieve a fully integrated society.

Building on last year’s success, The 2nd Future Accessibility Summit will take place on 8-9 October 2017. It will support the implementation of new regulations and standards to be introduced in the Dubai Code  this year. This 2-day initiative will provide an interactive platform for best practice benchmarking, case study insight sessions, new technology and solution showcase, analysis, strategic collaboration and discussion of challenges and opportunities in the assistive technology sector.

The summit will bring together government authorities, experts, project owners and developers, international and regional organisations, researchers, accessibility and assistive technology solution providers to share intelligence and discuss the new regulations and implementation of accessibility projects in built environment, universal tourism (hotel, airports, transport), mobility and transportation, and digital technology.

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Now is the moment for the GCC to evolve into a leader in universal design & accessibility for all:

  • In Dubai, on February 2017, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services published the “first aid in Braille language” as part of the "My Community - A City for Everyone" initiative to ensure a right, fair and equal protection for persons with disabilities.
  • In Dubai, UAE University is developing Smart Gesture Control and Recognition Technology (Smart G-CRT) that will help persons with disabilities using body movements to control artificial limbs. The technology includes motion sensors and cameras, and can be fixed to prosthetics and other devices that need to be controlled naturally. Based on specific human gestures, devices can be controlled easily.
  • In Abu Dhabi,  March 2019, The city will host the 2019 World Summer Games gathering around 5,000 athletes, at ADNEC, Zayed Sports City and the IPIC arena. The city is working on retrofitting sports venues, accommodations and transportations to improve their accessibility.
  • In Sharjah, 2016, police department implemented a special hotline number for residents with disabilities, as well as mobile app to report crimes or call ambulances.
  • In Qatar, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has announced their objective for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar to be one of the world’s most inclusive and accessible tournament.
  • In Saudi Arabia, the government mandates building renovating and accessible mobility in the two main holy cities to make them accessible for pilgrims with disabilities. The new regulations include the cities’ infrastructure and roads. There will be special restrooms and guide signs implemented.
  • In Jordan, the government introduced the 2015-2018 Building Inclusive Classrooms Initiative, a £34 million program to help schools and educators to improve their access for students with disabilities.


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Now is the moment for Dubai to evolve into a leader in universal design & accessibility for all:

Did you know?
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a billion people live with some form of disability. This represents approximately 15% of the world population.
  • With the Expo 2020 and the expectation of the government to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, there is a huge need to transform Dubai into an accessible and disabled friendly city.
  • AED 10 million invested only to work on the study of the “Dubai Code” demonstrate a commitment to bring about improvement through regulation and implementation of best practice.
  • Leadership have demonstrated commitment to rights from Federal Law No. (29) in 2006 followed by Law No. (2 and 3) in 2014 that created the "Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai" involving the main Dubai authorities, namely TEC, CDA, RTA, DM.


Top Reasons to Attend

  • INTERACT with government policy makers and citizens
  • GAIN insight into the upcoming “Dubai Code”, its regulations, specifications and standards
  • ACHIEVE your current and future development objectives and strategies
  • DEVELOP your network of peers, decision makers and solution providers
  • SHARE national and international best practices and successful stories



James A K Price

Managing Director,
Global Access Award Scheme

Dubai is constantly developing and constantly changing, from a tourism prospective it is incredibly important that the needs of disabled travelers become more apparent in the development process – with 2020 drawing huge attention it is important Dubai embraces change now for the needs of the disabled tourist.

Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology summit is an excellent opportunity for key people to get in a room and actually get decisions / ideas made and put on paper, to take forward into policy changes and also delegates to understand the good and bad practices currently in Dubai regarding accessibility.

Isphana Al Khatib

Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs

This event provide the necessary impetus for the implementation of principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and puts exclusive focus on Urban Accessibility.

2016 Advisory Board

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda

President and Founder, Pineda Foundation / World Enabled

Hugues Nouvellet

Technical Advisor - Inclusive Local Development & Accessibility, Handicap International

Marnie Peters

Executive Officer, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)

2016 Speakers

  • Dr. Victor Pineda

    President and Founder
    Pineda Foundation - World Enabled

  • Hussain Maseeh

    Social Development and Care Expert
    Community Development Authority (CDA)

  • Dr. Sara Ishaq A Mohammad

    Manager Sustainability & Future Section

  • Mukhtar Al Shibani

    President and Founder
    Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)

  • Isphana Al Khatib

    Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities

  • Tim Springer

    CEO and founder of the SSB Bart
    Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)

  • Dr. Hibah Shata

    Child Early Intervention Medical Center

  • James A K Price

    Managing Director
    Global Access Award Scheme

  • Dr. Ayesha Husaini


  • Renate Baur-Richter

    Program Manager
    SEDRA Foundation

  • Carrie McMillan Green

    Assistant Clinical Director
    Child Early Intervention Medical Center

  • Dr. Mohammed Habash

    Managing Director - Accessible Solutions
    Royability, Inc

  • Dr. Mahshid Salehi

    Dubai Center for Special needs

  • David Capozzi

    Executive Director
    US Federal Access

  • Dr. Nadera Alborno

    Associate Professor of Education
    American University in Dubai

  • Daniela Bas

    Director - Division for Social Policy and Development - Department of Economic and Social Affairs
    United Nations

  • Elena Cruz

    Vice President of Brand Management and CSR
    Emirates NBD

  • Nadine Bitar


  • Renato Conde

    Expert in Urban Design and Mobility

  • Professor Eman Gaad

    Dean and Professor of Special and Inclusive Education
    Faculty of Education - British University in Dubai

  • Vladimir Cuk

    Executive Director
    International Disability Alliance (IDA)

2017 Sponsors and Partners

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