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About Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology

Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology summit 2017 will support the objective of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, and the "My Community - A City for Everyone" initiative that was launched in November 2013, which aims to fully transform Dubai into a disabled-friendly city by 2020, through projects and initiatives aimed to maximize participation and inclusion of every citizens of the city.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, issued Law No. (2) of 2014 to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai. This law aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all their rights, enhance their respect, preserve their dignity and protect them from all forms of discrimination or abuse, negligence or exploitation. 

A Project titled “Accessible Environments for People with Disability based on Universal Design” was announced in April 2016. All new buildings, services and facilities — offices or residential towers, schools, stadiums, parks, and public spaces will have to be built in compliance with disability-friendly standards. Existing buildings and facilities will be “retrofitted” to make them disability-friendly as well.

Working groups have been formed within the Dubai government departments to develop the project which is already moving forward under a study being led by a specialist consultant. The budget for the study alone is AED 10 million. “The Dubai Code” will be a world class standard for accessibility in a modern urban environment and is seen as a milestone on the roadmap to achieving the Dubai 2020 vision.

Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology summit will address the following:

  • Defining codes and regulations
  • Consulting community stakeholders
  • Investing in assistive technology

This summit will support the transition towards a more accessible urban environment by focusing on universal design concepts that integrate adaptive and assistive technologies that make services, buildings, transportation & activities in the city of Dubai more easily available to all. The event will support the introduction of “The Dubai Code” and to aid communication of its objectives and guidelines to the public and private sector and user groups.

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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.

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The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.