Seminar @ Rashid Centre

RTA to make Dubai disabled-friendly city

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Feb 16, 2015

DUBAI: Representatives from different centres offering services for children with special needs suggest Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai make special transport arrangements for disabled students, increase the number of parking spaces outsides such centres/schools and ensure allocated parking space for designated permit holders in public places.
These suggestions as well as a number of issues regarding the disabled people came under the spotlight at a seminar entitled “Services Without Limits” held and organised by Rashid Centre for Disabled in its premises on Sunday.
The panel discussion was attended by the representatives from various schools/centres of special needs, humanitarian/charitable centres and a delegation of RTA comprising heads of various departments.
Mohammad Abid Al Mulla, a senior official from the RTA, pointed that the Dubai Government on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai is striving to develop Dubai as disabled friendly city by 2020.
“As far as the RTA is concerned, most of the services like parking spaces, paying fees and others for people with special needs as well as customers from the mainstream society are available within the reach of everyone through the wide range of smartphones. Till the end of this year, almost all of our services will be obtained by everyone through the use of smartphones and benefit the people with disabilities. Soon we are going to start the pick and drop services of all RTA-related documents at the doorsteps,” he added.
The suggestions were discussed included the allocating of more paring spaces for students at outsides the schools/centres as well as ensuring the transport arrangements for students with different disabilities.
“A group of five students with different disabilities as part of the gathering information to improve overall transport services used all available modes of public transport — metro, taxi, bus, abras and water taxi — and compiled a report with suggestions. We are hoping that the RTA will consider these suggestions to bring more facilities for people with disabilities,” said a representative from the Al Noor Centre for the children with special needs.
Parents of special needs children pointed that the designated parking space for people with disabilities should be ensured as at some public spaces shoppers avoiding the laws to use these spaces.
The RTA officials welcome all comments and ensure that they will discuss all the inputs from the private sector to bring more positive changes in different transport modes.
Maryam Othman, Director General of the Rashid Centre assured that the centre will play its vital role to help different government organisations to make the emirate a disabled-friendly city with all the facilities to benefit this segment of the society.
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~ by jamilkhan on February 16, 2015.

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