The emirate of Sharjah in the UAE is to be recognised as ‘Accessible City for the Physically Disabled’ in October by the World Federation of Disabled. The title will be officially declared during the World Cities Day at the United Nations in New York on October 31. Over the years, Sharjah has worked to achieve highest international standards on this count and since the opening of the regional office of the World Federation of the Disabled in Sharjah in 2013, the office has conducted field visits to all government entities and private institutions to inform them of engineering standards designed for the physically challenged and have them adopt these standards in future projects or incorporate them into existing ones.
THE EVALUATION PROCESS
An evaluation committee, representing a number of countries from around the world, visited a host of government departments, leisure destinations, and places offering access to transport and communications, besides some internal roads, educational institutions, hospitals and clinics and museums to examine their compliance with the standards of the World Federation of the Disabled. The committee gave the emirate three years to make the necessary adjustments and changes and based on the emirate’s commitment to all necessary criteria, it decided to grant Sharjah the coveted title of the ‘Accessible City for the Physically Disabled.’
The recognition has been hailed as a historic step towards empowerment by top officials and heads of various government entities. The two main authorities that made it happen is Sharjah Municipality led by its Director General Thabit Salem Obaid Al Tarifi Al Shamsi, and Sharjah Police led by Commander-in-Chief Major General Saif Mohammad Al Zari Al Shamsi. Bureau report – NMTV News.