Middle East

Dubai launches floating wheelchairs for beachgoers with disabilities

Dubai Municipality launched a community initiative for older people and people with disabilities, providing 15 swimming wheelchairs in Al Mamzar and Jumeirah beaches to help people Continue reading the story...

United Arab Emirates to support disability-inclusive development agenda

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has re-affirmed its support to the efforts of a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, thereby contributing to the achievement Continue reading the story...

UAE Central Bank Aims to Launch Banknotes with Braille

ABU DHABI: The Central Bank is planning to add Braille to banknotes. It is thought that the Dh50 and Dh100 note will be the first. The move Continue reading the story...

Symposium on Disability Policy

MUSCAT, OMAN: A symposium on ‘Policies of Dealing with Disability and their Prospects in the Arab States in the Light of the UN Conventions on the Continue reading the story...

Ministry sets deadline for implementation of accessibility standards

ANKARA: Minister of Family and Social Policies Ayşenur İslam complained about public institutions’ failure to comply with the ministry’s accessibility standards for people with disabilities at an Continue reading the story...

Assistive technology center opened

MUSCAT: A new center offering Assistive Technology and specialized rehabilitation for people with disabilities has opened in Oman, the first of its kind in the region. The Continue reading the story...

UAE’s deaf community calls for a wider recognition of sign language

DUBAI: The UAE’s deaf community has called for a wider recognition of sign language and better opportunities for higher education to facilitate their integration into mainstream Continue reading the story...

Scientists develop talking gloves for people with hearing disabilities

IZMIR, TURKEY: Two young Turkish scientists have built a prototype of “talking gloves” that translate sign language into vocal language, helping people with hearing disabilities make their Continue reading the story...

High-tech shoes to guide people with vision disabilities

DUBAI: A pair of shoes to guide people who are blind, a glove that converts sign language into spoken words and a device to create environmentally Continue reading the story...

ITU Conference sets agenda for future ICT development

DUBAI: The Dubai Action Plan, adopted April 10 by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference, sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development Continue reading the story...