UAE to be world's most disability-friendly country: Report

The UAE has gone a long way to be one of the world's most disability-friendly countries, according to specialists at the consultative council of the AccessAbilities Expo 2017.

The exhibition, to be held in Dubai on November 7th-9th under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chief Executive of the Emirates Group, confirms once again that UAE's leadership has once again taken the lead in fully caring and providing the disabled with their rehabilitation in addition to their social and intellectual needs, according to members of the exhibition's consultative which comprises representatives of international entities and private and public sectors AccessAbilities Expo will provide a dedicated platform for government and private organisations from across various sectors like infrastructure, aviation, tourism, hospitality, facilities management, technology, consumer electronics, public transport, education, healthcare and others, to showcase their portfolio of products and services along with their future plans to support more than 700 million people with disabilities worldwide, over 50 million of whom reside in the Middle East.

The expo is also aimed at motivating government authorities and private sector players to change their perception about people with special needs and disabilities and improve their services to meet their needs, integrate them in the society and enable them overcome their daily challenges.

The three-day event is expected to welcome over 180 exhibitors and more than 7,000 visitors to the Emirate of Dubai.