See: New high-tech services for determined people launched at AccessAbilities Expo in Dubai

Dubai: The fifth edition of AccessAbilities Expo, which opened in Dubai on Monday, showcases a range of sophisticated yet easy-to-use services and devices for determined people.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, opened the event.

During his tour of the exhibition, Sheikh Ahmed was briefed on the latest technologies and assistance initiatives that contribute to improving the quality of life of more than 50 million determined people in the Middle East.

Sheikh Ahmed, who is also a sponsor of AccessAbilities Expo, said: “The UAE is committed to strengthening its position as one of the world’s leading countries in the care of determined people and an emerging global hub for assistive technologies and rehabilitation.”

More than 12,000 professional visitors will attend AAE-2023, with exhibitors and participants from more than 70 countries. Participants included doctors, rehabilitation specialists, nurses, nutritionists and home care experts, along with determined individuals and their family and friends.

The different actors came together to present their initiatives, plans and new technologies to improve the quality of life of more than 50 million determined people living in the Middle East.

Gesture activated service

Dubai Police launched the latest version of its ‘Labbeh’ service at the Expo. Through the Labbeh service, determined individuals can communicate with customer satisfaction managers via video chat using an intercom device without having to leave their vehicles. These are available 24/7 at all Dubai Police stations, said Manal Abdelrahim Ahmad Aljaouhari, member of the Dubai Police People’s Determination Council.

She said: “Before, with the Labbeh service, people had to press a button to speak to a representative. We now have an attached sensory service. They just have to wave their hand and a person will come to help them in the car.”

Platform for sellers

Salama Mohammed Al Riyami, head of networks and operations at Zayed Higher Organization (ZHO), said that a new platform has been launched to bring together sellers and suppliers to sell their devices and products to determined people. ”The idea is to have a varied offer of products for users,” he stated.

Dubai Municipality

Meera Al Ameri, Head of Research and Building Systems, explained the services that Dubai Municipality offers for determined people.

At the exhibition, the Municipal Public Services Foundation showcased its lawn chair initiative. They also provided special glasses for determined people with color blindness. The City Council’s special wheelchairs for public beaches and its floating wheelchairs were also on display.

Free trips and discounts

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is also actively involved in the AccessAbilities Expo for people of determination. “The AccessAbilities Expo offers the opportunity to see exhibitions from more than 250 exhibitors, brands and centers for People of Determination from 50 countries,” said Osama Al Safi, Head of the People of Determination Friendly Committee, RTA.

“RTA wishes to participate annually in the AccessAbilities Expo for People of Determination to familiarize the public with the advanced services it provides to ensure the happiness of people of determination. People of determination can enjoy free rides on the Dubai Metro and Tram, the Dubai Ferry, and the Dubai Water Bus. They can access these means of transportation using a free nol card and a Sanad card,” Al Safi added.

He added: “RTA also grants a variety of permits and discounts; , in addition to permits for special medical conditions, free parking permits for Rehabilitation Centers for People of Determination and Taxi service for People of Determination.

“Under this service, up to 27 taxis operate, which are fully equipped with all the equipment to facilitate the trip for People of Determination clients. RTA has customized those vehicles for the use of wheelchair users and POD customers with special needs, offering them a discount of about 50 percent on the total trip fare.”

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