Middle East

M-Enabling Summit 2022 | Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities, October 24-26, 2022

Attracting leading advocates, corporate executives and accessibility professionals involved in digital inclusion, the M-Enabling Summit is an all-inclusive conference and showcase offering rich networking opportunities, fostering innovative technology that benefits more than one-billion Persons with Disabilities and an expanding population of aging adults globally. With its theme of “Digital Inclusion: Strategies for Equal Opportunities,” the 2022 M-Enabling… Continue Reading »

Spring Applications Now Open for New G3ict/SC4A Country Representatives

G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, through its Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Initiative, is seeking Country Representatives to promote the goals and objectives of G3ict, SC4A, and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) in countries around the world. Representatives also take part as subject matter experts for G3ict’s various divisions in the development… Continue Reading »

Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) Announces Flight Notification Service in Sign Language

Riyadh Airports Company, in charge of running and operating King Khalid Interntional Airport (KKIA), has announced the launch of flights notifications service in sign language for the deaf and the dumb in addition to the provision of the related information the airport offers, qualifying KKIA as the world’s first airport to launch this service, reported SPA.… Continue Reading »

Saudi Arabia: Scheme Encourages Use of Menus in Braille

An ambitious scheme encouraging eating establishments to provide Braille menus for visually impaired customers has been launched by a Saudi volunteer organization. The initiative, led by a team from the volunteer administration at Al-Ahyaa Centers Association in Makkah, aims to promote the tactile writing system in restaurants and cafes throughout the Kingdom. Instigated as part… Continue Reading »

Mada Center Launches Arab ICT Accessibility Expert Group

Mada Center launched the “Arab ICT Accessibility Expert Group” the first project of its kind in the Arab world and the region, that aims to unify efforts, localize accessibility standards and apply them to various digital platforms, and establish the first specialized virtual forum.  This project comes in confirmation of the Center’s position as the… Continue Reading »

Merge-Interpreter Platform Provides Simultaneous Interpretation of Sign Language

DUBAI: Merge Technology has launched “Merge-Interpreter Sign Language”, the “first-ever” smart platform in the Middle East & North Africa to provide a community with a simultaneous interpretation of sign language for the deaf & hard of hearing. The platform enables users to communicate easily through video calls, with round-the-clock assistance from sign language interpreters with… Continue Reading »

A Grand Opening of the First Restaurant in Syria that is Served by Hosts with Down Syndrome

Syria: Recently, a grand opening for first restaurant and café which served by hosts with Down syndrome in Damascus, Syria “Societe restaurant and cafe” has been opened in Tishreen Park in the heart of Damascus. More than twenty youth boys and girls with Down syndrome are working permanently now in Societe restaurant, the first restaurant in… Continue Reading »

New Version of the Qatari Money Reader Application Released

Through the Mada Innovation Program, and in partnership with Qatar Central Bank, Mada center has launched the new version of the “Qatari Money Reader” application on smart phones, one of the most prominent achievements of the strategic partnership between Mada Center and Qatar Central Bank, which aims to provide digitally accessible banking services. Mada Center… Continue Reading »

UAE: Kalimat Foundation (KF) Partners with NGOs to Provide Children with Books in Accessible Formats

UAE: Kalimat Foundation (KF), a UAE-based global non-profit, has launched a summer campaign under its ‘Ara’ (I See) initiative to enhance the reading experiences of individual children who are blind and visually impaired during their summer break by providing them access to 500 copies of braille, audio and large print books in the comfort of… Continue Reading »

Egypt: New Incubator for Enterprises in Assistive Technology 

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Egypt’s National Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (NIGSD) launched in April an incubator for enterprises producing technologies for the disabled. Executive Director of NIGSD Sherifa El-Sherif stated that the Assistive Technology Incubation Program was launched by opening the door for licensed Egyptian companies to submit their initial… Continue Reading »