The Dubai Accessible Tourism Summit is to begin on Tuesday 5th November. 

The new platform will help the United Arab Emirates to move toward realising its vision of becoming one of the friendliest and best nations for people with disabilities, particularly in regard to travel and tourism. 

The first edition of the Summit is being held with the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Al Maktoum is also the CEO and chairman of Emirates Airline and Group, the chairman of Dubai Airports, and the president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. 

The Summit intends to shine a spotlight on the challenges that over 10% of the world’s population face during travel and exploration when they become tourists in cities all over the world. 

The Summit will also highlight the need to strengthen the infrastructure, legislation and services that meet the aspirations, needs and rights of such people to be able to comfortably discover the world. 

The Summit will take place over two days from 5th to 6th November at the Dubai World Trade Centre

The Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Emirates Airlines, Dubai Duty Free, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel, Marhaba Service and more and sponsoring and participating in the Summit.

The event has become a global platform thanks to the participation of many government officials and representatives and decision-makers from organisations all over the world, according to the Summit’s chairman Jamal Al Hai.

Al Hai adds that, with their participation, the platform will allow for the sharing of best practices, experiences and thoughts and how they can be translated into practice to allow over a billion disabled people to easily reach global destinations. 

Le Meridien Dubai Complex manager Shaun Parsons says that the Complex is honoured to be associated with the summit.

The ethos of the Complex is to offer all guests the best in hospitality and that it is invested in the project as a partner.

The Complex is also committed to ensuring that its own property is friendly and accessible to all People with Determination. 

The Summit intends to highlight the requirements and needs of disabled people when they visit tourist facilities and destinations such as hotels, airports, shopping centres, parks, resorts, public transport, museums and beaches.

Dubai is expected to achieve its goal of becoming a friendly destination for the disabled by as early as next year.

All of the emirate’s stakeholders are attempting to realise this vision by implementing relevant legislation and laws and adopting smart solutions to offer this segment the best services.

The move has extra urgency, given that Dubai is hoping to be able to attract as many as 25 million tourists by 2025. 

People should take out travel insurance if they are planning to travel to the UAE or anywhere else in the world. 

Travel insurance is a great way to guard against the adverse financial circumstances that may arise from unexpected events such as flights being cancelled or falling ill while overseas. 


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