Dubai Parks to be disabled friendly soon

July 21, 2014 12:37 pm

Dubai Municipality public parks department has announced that the department is planning to restructure all major parks in the emirate to make them more accessible and friendly for disabled people. The project will start in October and take two years to complete.

Initially the project will be implemented in Al Mamzar Beach Park and Jumeirah Beach Park followed by other major parks.

The move comes as part of civic body’s keenness to achieve the strategic goal of Dubai Government to be one of the most friendly cities in the world for people with special needs by 2020 through the initiative ‘My Community … A City for Everyone’ launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director general of Dubai Municipality said ‘It will cover all major public and residential parks, and the move is aimed at giving disabled children a place to play to help them mingle with the society members in all fields of life.

‘Dubai Municipality has paid great attention to special needs by setting requirements for Dubai’s buildings and public facilities, including parks, streets and markets, as well as by holding activities that aim to reach out to and integrate people with special needs,’ Lootah said.

‘Dubai Municipality is keen to support constructive humanitarian initiatives in different fields and it has joined the hands with hundreds of institutions both locally and globally to help people have better living conditions,’ he said.

‘All parks would ultimately have playing equipments for children with special-needs, wheelchair, toilet facilities, as well as parking spaces for disabled drivers. Disabled people would be given free access to all major parks and while wheelchairs will be available for them in these parks,’ he added.