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More than mats: Abu Dhabi makes beaches accessible for differently abled

The tracks, powered by solar energy, have a chair that transports people from the beach to the ocean.

More than mats: Abu Dhabi makes beaches accessible for differently abled
[Source photo: Abu Dhabi Media Office]

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From ambitious employment programs to comprehensive accessibility measures, the UAE has embarked on a transformative journey to embrace individuals of all backgrounds and abilities.

Embracing inclusivity and sustainability, Abu Dhabi is harnessing solar power to make its beaches accessible to everyone. Now, remote-controlled ramps equipped with solar-powered chairs can gently transport differently abled beachgoers from the sand to the sea.

This new partnership between the Department of Municipalities and Transport and Mubadala brings cutting-edge Seatrac technology to five of Abu Dhabi’s most popular beaches — Corniche Public Beach, Corniche Family Beach, Corniche Sahil Beach, Al Bateen Public Beach, and Al Bateen Ladies’ Beach.

But, the benefits extend beyond inclusivity. These solar-powered tracks operate entirely on renewable energy, minimizing environmental impact and aligning with Abu Dhabi’s sustainability goals. 

As part of this collaboration, twenty-six freshwater drinking fountains will be set up in Abu Dhabi’s parks to diminish reliance on disposable plastic water bottles.

“We envision a future where our strategic partnership serves as a beacon for community well-being, environmental sustainability, and inclusivity,” said Dr Salem Al Kaabi, director general of operational affairs at the DMT.

“Our partnerships with government and other entities are helping drive forward the goals of the emirate and ensuring a lasting legacy that will bring inclusivity and community well-being to all residents in Abu Dhabi,” said Homaid Al Shimmari, Mubadala’s deputy group chief executive and chief corporate and human capital officer.

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