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03 December 2023

Walkways for disabled, elderly on Dubai beaches

By Sneha May Francis

Dubai beaches will now have exclusive cobbled walkways to give wheel-chair-bound residents to easy access.

These beach walkways are part of a bigger plan by the Dubai Municipality to make Dubai a disabled-friendly city by 2020. The initiative is titled ‘My Community… a city for everyone’.

The physically challenged and elderly can benefit from these walkways, and access the beach.

The sandy beaches are tough for wheelchairs to be pushed on, so these pathways were created to benefit them, said Alya Abdul Rahim Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality. “Public beaches are very important. It’s a popular destination for both tourists and residents. So, it was important to ensure everyone can access it.

“These pathways would also help those with strollers as well.”

The work in Creek, Mamzar beach, Al Mamzar Corniche, Jumeriah beach road and Umm Sequim I and II have been completed.

The pathways are designed such that it’s linked to disabled parking.