DUBAI, 25th January 2016 (WAM) – Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a resolution forming the Board of Dubai Autism Centre. The new Board is chaired H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The new Board also includes Saif bin Markhan Al Ketbi, the Vice Chairman; Sami Al Reyami; Khalid Al Malik; and Mohammed Al Emadi. The new Board serves for a renewable term of three years.
Further to the Resolution, members of the Board will carry out their duties until they are reassigned or replaced.
DAC is currently constructing a new facility, which when completed will be the biggest specialised centre for autism in the Middle East. The new building covers 91,000 square feet and includes 34 classrooms with a total capacity of 204 children.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed donated his US$6 million Dubai World Cup prize money to the Dubai Autism Center for the construction of the new facility. The donation, which covered the cost of construction, helped to speed up the construction works. The new centre will open this year.
The new centre features state-of-the-art specialised clinics for movement therapy, speech therapy, psychology, early intervention, speech-communication, occupational therapy, art therapy and music therapy in addition to a mosque, two swimming pools, a sports complex, an outdoor garden and a training center.
DAC is a non-profit charity organisation that was established in 2001 by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Centre promotes better understanding of autism and provides specialist services for people with autism and those who care for them.