Sunday, 15 Rajab 1439 AH - 1 April 2018 AD 10:20 am – 11:20 am Main Auditorium

Session moderator : Dr Nora Al Kuthairi


1-  Development of systems and regulation for persons with disabilities in the Kingdom

O-4 : Speaker : Dr Nasser Al-Mosa

Time : 10:20 AM-10:40 AM

Dr Nasser A. Al-Mosa

Member of the Shura Council


2013–present              Member of the Shura Council

2002–2013                  Education Consultant, Ministry of Education


Membership in several committees, boards and organizations, of those:

2003-2012                   Special Education Consultant, Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

Charitable Foundation

2004-present               Supervisor General, Sheikh Mohammad bin Saleh bin Sultan Prize for Giftedness and Creativity in Special Education

2007-present               President, Association of the Blind, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Development of systems and regulation for persons with disabilities in the Kingdom

In the context of Kingdom’s interest of those with special needs generally and in particular, those persons with disabilities, by the influence of deep scientific studies of local, regional and international regulations and legislations and by his legislative position, lately, the Consultative Assembly issued two important historical resolutions; The first one relates to a draft to amend applicable regulations while the other one relates to a draft of submitting a new regulations.

This paper aims to shed the light to these two drafts as follows:

  1.       The Consultative Assembly issued his resolution no. (48/24) on 22/05/1437 AH amending (persons with disabilities caring code in Kingdom) that had issued in 1421 AH upon the supreme royal decree no. (M/37) on 23/09/1421 AH to have a new name (persons with disabilities rights code). Amending the current code articles has taken a long time by adding or omitting articles, performing substantial amendments in some articles or adding drafting amendments to other articles. Generally, the amendment focused on two aspects; the first aspect addresses upgrading and developing the concepts and conclusions that followed the current code inconsistent with the significant changes and transformations that happened in the field of disability. The second aspect includes activating the mechanisms that the current code depends upon as the article that states to establish Higher Council for Affairs of Persons with Disabilities has been omitted. Such omission will be alternated in the project of the proposed draft regarding an article includes establishing a general authority for persons with disabilities for outlining the general policy of disability, regulating the affairs of persons with disabilities and assuring the guarantee the provided services for such group. The proposed code has identified the tasks and specializations such authority in detail.
  2. The consultative Council issued his resolution no. (135/56) on 17/01/1438 AH. It includes creating a new code that called (persons with special needs education code). Such code aims, generally, to find educational environments where the male / female students with special needs have all their educational rights similar to their ordinary peers; resulting to upgrade the quantitative and qualitative level of provided programs, activities and services to those students in all educational stages. Such stages starts from the pre-school stage until Postgraduate education or even the continuing and the long life education.

2-  Universal Design: a way forward to design cities for everyone

O-5 : Speaker : Francesc Aragall

Time : 10:40 AM-11:10 AM

Francesc Aragall




Has developed his professional activity in the fields of ergonomics, biomechanics, accessibility and Design for All concept widely disseminated by the Design for All Foundation, of which he is founder and president. He is also general manager of ProAsolutions, SL, Consultancy Company located in Barcelona and Porto, the company applies the Design for All concept to architecture, urban planning and transport projects among other fields. He is as well patron of Barcelona Design Centre Barcelona (BCD-Catalonia), member of the Societal Advisory Board (SOAB), and serve on the Council of the International Association for Universal Design (Japan).

Lecturer on several postgraduate courses as well as frequent speaker at international conferences, he is author of several publications in the field of Design for All, for instance the European Concept for Accessibility Technical Assistance Manual (2003 edition), Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business (January 2012) and co-author of ECA for Administrations (2008) and Design for All in progress, from theory to practice (ECA 2013).

As a consultant he has contributed to several European Union funded research projects in the fields of housing, co-design and tourism and he has participated in standards and legislation development for CEN and CENELEC, AENOR, AFNOR, Singapore, Catalonia, the Emirate of Dubai and Turkey, among others.


Universal Design: a way forward to design cities for everyone


Universal Design (UD) is based on the ethical approach of social inclusion for all human beings, including people with disabilities. Some examples around the world illustrate several aspects of human diversity and the main principles of Universal Design.

Although principles are very important, the implementation process should not be neglected as the experience shows that good intentions are not enough.

To achieve a successful implementation of UD certain consecutives steps should be taken:

- Undertaking a gap analysis to discover the aspects that block the UD improvement process.

- Adaptation of the legal framework and technical standards.

- Design of the enforcement and monitoring mechanisms.

- Selection, assignment and training of the personnel in charge.

Examples of the implementation of these phases in Dubai, Singapore and Barcelona are displayed.

3- Protection of the rights of People with Determination (PWD) in Dubai: transforming commitment into practice

 O-6 : Speaker : Dr. Alya Humaid Al Qassimi

Time : 11:00 AM-11:20 AM

Sheikha Dr. Alia Humaid AlQassimi

Social development Expert – Community Development Authority

Obstetric & gynecologist specialized in aesthetic gynecology


Sheikha Dr. Alia Humaid AlQassimi, is a social development expert at the Community Development Authority. Her main duties consist of providing expert leadership & direction by articulating Dubai Gov. vision to CDA strategic business units and creating actions towards the achievement of CDA corporate goals. Prior to that, Al Qassimi was the Acting CEO of the Social Care & Development Sector in Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA).  She led a core sector represented by five main departments: Family Cohesion, Elderly, Social Cohesion, Disability and the vulnerable groups by developing high standard programs that ensure availability and access to services in the community. AlQassimi   joined CDA in 2014 as Director of the Social Care & Inclusion Department, with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Dubai Medical College (DMC) and Masters in Healthcare Management from the Royal College Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), she has also been certified as a Chief Innovation Officer (CCIO) by Boston College. In addition to her position, AlQassimi is an Obstetric Gynecologist practicing in Al Garhoud Private Hospital in Dubai and is the first emirati as a senior member in the European Society of Aesthetic Gynecology delivering innovative techniques.

Since joining CDA, Dr. Alia has successfully led the execution of strategic programmes with direct impact on improving the lives of people of determination (PWD) and vulnerable groups enforcing the insightful vision of “My community” initiative launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid AlMaktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council which aims to transforming Dubai to a disability friendly city by 2020. The involvement and participation of government/semi-government and private sector in Sanad Card to build a national database for PWD, Sanad Relay Centre an innovative project, stakeholder engagement via the Advocacy Committee for creating employment opportunities for PWD and the improvement of Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC); are some of the projects she has lead with success. She currently leads the Social Protection Taskforce, a main pillar of Dubai Disability Strategy 2020, in addition to leading Dubai Disability Strategy implementation team in CDA.

AlQassimi’s efforts and hard work was the reason she was appointed for several renovation and development projects nationally and internationally. She was selected amongst women leaders to participate in the Women Leadership Exchange Program between UAE and Sweden, she’s a founding board member of Friends Of Cancer Patients(FOCP), an elected board member of the Women for Sustainable Growth (W4SG)-an International non- for profit organization-, and a founding board member of the Royal College Of Surgeons in Ireland Alumni Dubai chapter where her portrait has been chosen as the first to be raised on the College Leaders with an impact wall. She has recently been appointed by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the board of directors of Dubai Autism Center.

Dr. AlQassimi -in addition to being a public figure and mother of five- has won “Inspirational Woman of The Year 2016” by the Arab Woman Award, and “Woman Leader in community Development Excellence Award” category of the 17th Middle East Women Leaders Excellence Award in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017.



“My Community … A City for Everyone”

Protection of the rights of People with Determination (PWD) in Dubai: transforming commitment into practice

 Dr. Alya Humaid AlQassimi* MBBCh, Msc HCM, CCIO, Tarik Hashem Ibrahim** MD, MSc Epidem., Samia Dhaoui*** BBA, MS Ed., PhD Student.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a confederation that groups seven emirates, among which is Dubai. Dubai Emirate ranks second when it comes to size, and population, which has reached 3 million inhabitants, and 24 thousands of them considered being with disabilities. Dubai is also a highly attractive destination that hosts annually an important number of tourists (15 million in 2016).

In 2006, the UAE issued a federal law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities followed by the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008. In order to transform the political commitment towards PWD into practice in the Emirate of Dubai,  His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, launched the "My Community… A City for Everyone" initiative, which aims to transform the entire emirate of Dubai into a disability-friendly city by 2020. The initiative calls for a set of programs and initiatives to promote the inclusion and participation of people with determination (PWD) in society, and to identify and overcome all the obstacles that might stand in the way of people with determination becoming positively active and engaged in their community.

To facilitate the implementation of the initiative, His Highness the Ruler of Dubai issued a law in 2014 to protect the Rights of PWD in Dubai. His Highness the President of the Executive Council also issued a decision to establish a Higher Committee to follow up the implementation of the initiative and through the involvement of relevant governmental and non-governmental departments, and a representative from PWD. The Dubai Disability Strategy was launched in 2015 to achieve the objectives of the initiative through five main domains: universal accessibility, social protection, health and rehabilitation, inclusive education, and inclusive employment.


* Expert in social development and Team leader of the executive team for The Dubai Disability Strategy, Community Development Authority in Dubai.

** Director, studies and research, Community Development Authority in Dubai.

*** Expert, research and Policy, Community Development Authority in Dubai.