Disability-friendly buildings due in Dubai by 2020

Roads and Transport Authority has joined hands with Dubai Municipality and real estate developers on a project which will transform Dubai's infrastructure by 2020

All infrastructure in Dubai will be disability-friendly by 2020.
All infrastructure in Dubai will be disability-friendly by 2020.

Dubai's infrastructure is set to be revamped under the Emirate's five-year plan to transform the city into a disability-friendly city.

All new buildings and facilities in the city, including offices, residential towers, schools, stadiums, and parks, will be constructed to comply with disability-friendly standards.

Existing buildings and facilities will be retrofitted to make them disability-friendly as well, Dubai Media Office said.

Ottawa-based Gates Foundation is responsible for implementing the project that will last over the course of eight months and will include studying, evaluating and rehabilitating standard facilities as per the Universal Design Standards, as well as developing a final form for the design criteria as per Dubai’s requirements.

The project, titled ‘Accessible Environments for People with Disability based on Universal Design’, is in line with the 'My Community - A City for Everyone’ initiative to transform Dubai into a disability-friendly city by 2020.

Phased schedules have been created for the plan's implementation, with pilot projects due to be delivered following rigorous analyses of regulations and introduction of training programmes.

The project is a joint venture between the General Secretariat of the Executive Council, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Community Development Authority, and Dubai Municipality, in addition to a number of real estate developers.


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