AccessAbilities Expo 2017 to showcase latest technologies for people with disabilities

DUBAI, 29th October, 2016 (WAM) Thousands of people are expected to attend AccessAbilities Expo 2017 in Dubai, dedicated to improving the lives of people with special needs.

Expo 2017 is the largest exhibition in the Middle East focusing on disabilities, and is back with its second edition from November 7-9, 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

After the success of its first expo, the second edition is expected to register a 15 per cent growth, along with new displays focussing on a wider range of interactive activities to assure inclusion and empowerment for the people with disabilities.

The Expo is part of the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to build hope, life, a future and assure that people from all walks of life are happy. This is also driven by the goal set by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to make Dubai the world’s friendliest city for persons with disabilities by 2020.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, AccessAbilities Expo will display the world’s latest robotic and assistive technology products from across the world, designed to lead individuals with disabilities toward improved and independent lives.

The Expo will also bring together international experts in the field of disabilities to host sessions about the rights of the disabled and address issues concerning people with disabilities.

The inaugural expo, held earlier this year, saw more than 6,000 people, including individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, experts from different sectors, such as healthcare, technology and infrastructure, and decision-makers, attending the exhibition. Further, over 150 exhibitors from 41 countries showcased their latest products and services.

“We are very glad to see the tremendous response that AccessAbilities Expo has generated in the first edition. The strong support from government bodies, exhibitors and educational centres from all over the world will ensure the success of this Expo, which is another milestone for the UAE and Dubai towards attaining the target of becoming disabled-friendly by 2020,” said Sheikh Ahmed, during the first edition of the Expo.

“I am hopeful that AccessAbilities will benefit more than 50 million people with disabilities across the Middle East, and by bringing the world’s best technology, solutions, tools, products and services onto a single platform, it will provide a wide range of opportunities to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and contribute to the vision of our leaders,” Sheikh Ahmed added.

The second edition of AccessAbilities will have strong representation from government bodies, as well as the private sector. The event will also provide a range of activities, including a platform for those with disabilities to explore career opportunities.

The Expo, aimed at integrating persons with disabilities into society and enhancing their contributions, comes at an important time, as countries worldwide deal with the challenge of increasing numbers of people with disabilities.

Also, the UAE is carrying out numerous initiatives aimed at empowering individuals with disabilities and integrating them into society. The ‘My Community-A City for Everyone’ initiative, is Dubai Government’s strategic goal to become the world’s friendliest city for people with disabilities by the year 2020.

AccessAbilities Expo is organised by Reed Exhibitions and Nadd AlShiba PR and Event Management. The exhibition will be spread over an 8,000 square metre area and will feature a Knowledge Centre, along with dedicated activity areas.