No fee for aides of disabled at parks
dubai — The Dubai Municipality (DM) has announced free entry to Dubai’s public parks for two persons who accompany people of determination.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, directorgeneral at the civic body issued an administrative decision, saying the waiver will be applicable at all the public parks, including Children’s City and Dubai Safari Park.
The move is part of the initiative, ‘My Community, a City for Everyone,’ launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, aimed at turning the emirate a place friendly to people of determination by 2020.
“Since its establishment in 1957, the municipality has committed itself to providing the highest levels of care and support to the people of determination, and has prioritised the provision of a variety of quality services to this category. We have also taken care to modernise, develop and facilitate the services within our facilities, service centres and projects in accordance with international standards and experiences,” Lootah said.
Ahmed AbdulKarim, assistant director-general for public support sector at the DM and chairman of the people of determination team, said that the municipality sets initiatives based on the views of the community members.
The municipality has provided services and facilities, which include a Braille guide for the visually impaired people of determination in parks and service centres, in addition to specialised water chairs, a free service provided to the people of determination at the Mamzar Beach Park. They can use the water chair for rowing alone or with a companion. In the public parks, people of determination are provided specialised children’s toys, fitness equipment and wheelchairs. Those with hearing disabilities can request this service from the park employees for free, and can avail the service via e-Chat also through the Dubai Municipality website.
The waiver is applicable at all the public parks, including Children’s City and Dubai Safari Park, for two people.