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Inclusive design consultancy opens first global office in Dubai

Adviser says it is inspired by Dubai’s vision to be world’s most accessible city by 2020


UK-based accessibility company Direct Access has chosen Dubai as the location for its first overseas office, following a number of contract wins in the UAE. The company founder, who is profoundly hearing impaired and has created a team of persons with disabilities, said he was motivated to select Dubai as a location to pursue international ambition because of Dubai’s vision to be the most accessible in the world by 2020.

The disability accessibility company has undertaken projects in the UAE at the restaurant chain Nando’s and the Queen’s Birthday Party at the British Embassy. Direct Access’s plans in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region include working towards getting contracts in rail infrastructure, hospitality and retail, education and healthcare sectors. It provides accessibility consultancy, audits and awareness training.

The 2017 launch of the Dubai Universal Design Code by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, provided Direct Access the impetus to support clients with ensuring compliance with accessibility. The company explored prospects in Dubai by attending the AccessAbilities Conference and Exhibition held in November 2017.

The company’s team is able to provide unrivaled expertise into the barriers that disabled people face. In the UK, their clients include Wembley Stadium, Virgin Trains, Eurostar and the Houses of Parliament.




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