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Engineers participate in training as per Dubai’s disabled-friendly cities target
BY A STAFF REPORTER January 20, 2017
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DUBAI: The joint team overseeing the Accessible Environment for Persons with Disabilities Project has conducted a workshop for more than 45 engineers specialised in planning, designing, licensing, implementing and servicing facilities and buildings in the emirate of Dubai.

The target group, which comprised several government and quasi-government entities, were offered exposure to specialised technical training on the principles of Universal Design.

They were familiarised with Dubai’s New Universal Design Code, which aims to ease the accessibility of all persons, including persons with special needs, to all buildings, facilities and services such that they can avail them independently.

The project is part of the initiative of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, entitled “My Community – A Place for Everyone.” The project echoes the initiative of the Dubai Government, aiming to rank Dubai as one of the world’s most disabled-friendly cities by 2020. It also falls in line with the directives of the Higher Committee for the Protection of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, chaired by Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Yousef Al Rida, CEO of RTA’s Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector cum Head of the joint team supervising the transforming of Dubai into a disabled-friendly city by 2020 project, said: “The joint team has delivered a training course at the Creek Park at the Child City targeting more than 45 engineers.”

Attending engineers represented several government agencies including Dubai Executive Council, Dubai Municipality, Roads and Transport Authority, General Directorate of Civil Defence in Dubai, Customs and Free Zone Corporation Trakhees, Dubai Health Authority, Community Development Authority, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Ministry of Education, Emaar, Tecom and Dubai South, in addition to a number of representatives of persons with special needs.

“The six-day training programme included theoretical and practical training covering detailed technical inspection of the Child City and Rashidiya Bus Station to verify their eligibility and computability with the new code. The two tentative inspection visits concluded to a host of necessary design improvements to make these facilities accessible for persons with special needs.

“Preliminary phases had been previously completed, including field visits to places frequented by people with special needs to assess their accessibility. Introductory workshops and lectures were conducted targeting all relevant bodies to explain the requirements of the project as far as RTA’s transport network is concerned. The workshops also intended to identify innovative ideas to implement the Accessible Environment for Persons with Disabilities Project under the umbrella of the Universal Design with a view to addressing the needs of all community members,” said Al Rida.

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