"My Community... A City for Everyone" was launched in November 2013 by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council.
"My Community... A City for Everyone" aims at turning Dubai into a disability-friendly city by the year 2020 through projects and initiatives that promote the participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community, eliminating all obstacles that may stand in the way of them positively engaging in their environments, as capable individuals of society.
Our objectives are:
- Promoting equal opportunities
- Maintaining social cohesion
- Building social capital
- Minimizing and eventually eliminating social exclusion
The initiative endorses the United Arab Emirates’ implementation of the UAE Disability Act (Federal Law No. 29/2006) in November 2006 to protect the rights of people with disabilities, and the signature of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in February 2008, which stresses on the fundamental rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities. HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, ratified the convention in 2010.
Furthermore, to promote the initiative, the Government of Dubai launched Law No. (2) of 2014 to protect the rights of people with disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai in March 2014, and created “The Higher Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai”, chaired by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Our vision is to promote, protect and ensure the self-determination of all persons with disabilities in Dubai.
Our mission is to implement policies and best practices that empower persons with disabilities to make choices in an environment that is inclusive and ensures access to opportunities on an equal basis with others.
The Higher Committee
H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental,
intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers
may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
[Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities]