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


3rd Annual Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology Dubai 2018 will once again be Powered by the annual Project Qatar exhibition. Project Qatar is a specialized exhibition targeting construction professionals and government officials in Qatar.

The event attracts key buyers and industry leaders looking for the most up-to-date technology and state-of-the art equipment available on the market. Project Qatar is now established as Qatar's most important exhibition for highlighting the latest products and services needed for Qatari's fast growing construction sector and has become a destination of choice for regional and international industry professionals.

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2017 Advisory Board

David Banes

Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services

Renate Baur-Richter

Program Manager, SEDRA Foundation

Tina Merk

Engineer, Zayed Higher Organization

Mukhtar Al Shibani

President and Founder, GAATES

2017 Speakers

  • Taha Al Hamri

    Specialist – Society Happiness / Marketing & Corporate Communication,
    Dubai Electricity & Water Authority – Dubai

  • Teresa Jenna

    Adult with Disabilities, International Lead

  • Bruce Fritznathan

    Chief Commercial Officer in Middle East

  • Eng Fida AlHammadi

    Head Of Researches and Building System Section
    Dubai Municipality

  • Steve Carpenter

    Head of Health, Safety & Risk Management

  • Hideto Kijima

    Japan Accessible Tourism Center

  • Roberto Castiglioni

    Member | Access to Air Travel Advisory Group
    UK Civil Aviation Authority

  • Tina Merk

    Zayed Higher Organization

  • Victor Pineda

    President and Founder
    Pineda Foundation / World Enabled

  • Mukhtar Al Shibani

    President and Founder

  • Mohamed Soussan

    Group General Manager
    Ayla Grand Hotel

  • Tala I. Al Ramahi

    Senior Associate
    Crown Prince Court Abu Dhabi – Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019

  • Aileen Llagas

    Fujairah Municipality

  • Iftikhar Hamdani

    Cluster General Manager
    Ramada Hotels

  • Huraiz Almur Bin Huraiz

    CEO- Social Care & Development Sector
    Community Development Authority (CDA)

  • Dr Ayesha Saeed Husaini

    Founder and Director
    Manzil Center

  • Rehan Hussain

    Managing Director
    All Access scandinavia AB

  • Borja Pardo Mocoroa

    Senior Architect & Project Manager

  • Dr Hussein Masseh

    Community Development Authority (CDA)

  • Rita Farha El-Haddad

    Director of Quality Assurance
    Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

  • Renate Baur-Richter

    Program Manager
    SEDRA Foundation

  • Peter Wheeler

    Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

2017 Sponsors and Partners