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Dubai beaches provide floating wheelchairs for elderly and disabled

June 24, 2014 1:07 pm

Dubai Municipality on Tuesday launched a community initiative for elderly and disabled providing 15 swimming wheelchairs in Al Mamzar and Jumairah beaches to help the public with special needs to fulfill their desires and enjoy the life with other community members.

Having launched the initiative in Al Mamzar beach, Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah said: ‘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.

The launching ceremony was attended by senior officials from Dubai Municipality , Dubai Sports Council and the Community Center for Elderly.

‘Dubai is the first Arab city that provides this facility for the people with special needs. We selected these chairs after a market study about the product and the best practices in the world. The chairs that costs around 9,000 dirhams each is imported from France,’ Lootah said.

‘We hope these chairs will make our brothers and sisters with special needs and elderly people more comfortable to swim in the designated areas of the beach. They can use chairs without the help of others and the services totally free of charge’ he said.

‘In addition, we have already formed a team of lifeguards and trainers in both Al Mamzar and Jumairah beaches to ensure the safety and help them know how to use in the first stage,’ he further said.

‘Dubai Municipality will provide more chairs in future if the experience is successful,’ he added.