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Revealed: Dubai's disability-friendly by 2020 plan

Construction Week reveals Dubai's six-phase strategy to make all its infrastructure disability-friendly 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.

Scroll through this list to discover the six-phased plan Dubai will implement to transform its infrastructure. 

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.

Phase 1

HE Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of RTA, said: "This is one of the most significant projects that has emerged from the Dubai Strategy for Disabilities 2020.

"This project aims to develop a five-year plan ensuring that all buildings, facilities, sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, roads, buses and public transportation, are suitable for persons with disabilities.”

Al Tayer said the project starts with the assessment of the efficiency of laws, regulations, technical standards, practices, procedures and the employees’ specialised technical capacities in this area, and then identifying the gaps and obstacles that must be addressed.

This phase is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of this year.

Phase 2

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.

In the second phase, a study will be conducted to identify the best international and regional practices in this area, as well as considering ways to develop standards that meet the special requirements of Dubai, Al Tayer revealed.

Phase 3

The third phase will include updating the laws and regulations and developing a comprehensive guide for standards of Dubai according to the Universal Design standards and principles for buildings, facilities and transportation services, in addition to improving the relevant engineering procedures and practices.

This phase is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of this year.

Phase 4

The fourth phase includes the formulation of a five-year strategy to ensure the transformation of all buildings, facilities and transportation services in Dubai into disability friendly facilities by 2020, and to ensure that all new establishments (including buildings, facilities and means of transportation) in Dubai are in line with the adopted environment standards.

The development of the five-year strategy will be completed by the end of the third quarter of this year, Dubai Media Office reported.

Phase 5

The fifth phase of this project will involve launching a training program to ensure the implementation of qualified environment standards.

This phase will target engineers and technicians specialised in the design, implementation and maintenance of buildings, utilities and means of transportation from the local government sector as well as the private sector,in order to ensure the proper and effective transfer of knowledge.

Phase 6

In the sixth and final phase, four pilot projects will be implemented in selected sites in Dubai.

In this phase, a detailed check will be performed to identify gaps and errors in the designs of these sites, and then identify all the required repairs and improvements to transform them into disability friendly sites.

These pilot projects will be used in the process of training local employees. 


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