Dubai to host first accessible tourism international summit

Summit will discuss the need to strengthen legislations, laws, infrastructure and services catering to the needs of tourists with disabilities

Image: Dubai Tourism
Image: Dubai Tourism

Dubai will be hosting the “first accessible tourism international summit” from 5 to 6 November 2019, the ministry of tourism has announced.

According to authorities, the first edition of the summit will be held under the theme of “making all cities friendly for tourists with disabilities”.

It aims to highlight challenges faced by people with disabilities during their travel around the world.  The summit will also discuss the necessity to strengthen legislations, laws, infrastructure and services catering to the needs of tourists with disabilities.

"The UAE has done a great deal on its course to achieve its vision of becoming a friendly country for People with Disabilities. This summit falls within this framework and aims to share insights, experiences and best practices and translate these into a concrete practice bound to enable over one billion people to reach their destination with ease," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Patron of the summit.

He added: “The summit aims to highlight the needs of this segment during their travel and commuting from one place to another; hence, it aims to respond to these needs by making the places and facilities used or visited by tourists, including hotels, resorts, airports, transport and communication means, shopping malls, beaches, parks and museums accessible and friendly to the requirements of People with Disabilities. We believe this is a great task.”

Dubai is working towards achieve its vision of becoming a friendly city for people with disabilities by 2020.

The initiative comes as the World Health Organisation estimates that the number of people needing assistive devices ranging from wheelchairs to communication technologies will double to two billion by 2050.

Officials added that the summit will be held annually with the participation of a host of public and private sector international officials and specialists.

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