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Video: Dubai is working to improve accessibility

Elie Ghoussoub and Steven Carpenter from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff explain how the upcoming Dubai Universal Design Code is likely to improve accessibility in the emirate

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Elie Ghoussoub (left) and Steven Carpenter (right) expect Dubai Universal Design Code to aid the implementation of accessibility-related measures.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Elie Ghoussoub (left) and Steven Carpenter (right) expect Dubai Universal Design Code to aid the implementation of accessibility-related measures.

Accessibility experts from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff have been speaking to Construction Week ahead of the release of Dubai Universal Design Code.

The new code, which has been drawn up by policy-makers in collaboration with developers, consultants, and people with disabilities, is expected to be introduced in Q1 2017.

The regulatory guidelines have been designed to ensure that Dubai’s built environment is developed with accessibility in mind.

In the following video, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s health and safety advisor Elie Ghoussoub (left), and associate director Steven Carpenter (right), explain how the Dubai Universal Design Code is likely to improve accessibility within the emirate.

The fact that the code has been spearheaded by senior officials, including HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is likely to aid implementation, according to Carpenter.

Ghoussoub notes that the availability of technical standards should also serve to facilitate the construction industry’s efforts to improve accessibility within Dubai’s built environment.

Click below to watch Construction Week's video interview with Carpenter and Ghoussoub.

 

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