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Dubai provides “swimming wheelchairs” to help more people enjoy the sea

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Dubai is offering a helping hand to people who aren’t usually able to get in the water at the beach. As part of the city’s initiative to become one of the world’s most disability-friendly cities by 2020, Dubai Municipality has launched the Water Chair Service.

The specially designed “swimming wheelchairs” assist the elderly and disabled with swimming, so that they can easily and safely take a dip in the sea. Dubai is the first Arab city to provide this service.

There are now 15 swimming wheelchairs at Al Mamzar Beach and Jumeirah Beach, each costing AED9,000. The service is completely free, and there is a team of lifeguards in both locations to make sure the chairs are being used safely.

“The move comes as part of the civic body’s keenness to achieve the strategic goal of Dubai Government to be one of the most friendly cities in the world for people with special needs by 2020 through the initiative My Community – A City for Everyone, launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council,” said Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the Municipality.

“We selected these chairs after a market study about the product. The chairs cost around AED9,000 each and are imported from France. The elderly and disabled can use chairs without the help of others and the service is totally free of charge” he said, adding, “We have already formed a team of lifeguards and trainers at both Al Mamzar and Jumairah beaches to ensure safety.”

Dubai Municipality posted images with the caption: “Water Chair Service is available now at Al Mamzar Beach Park to help People of Determination and elderly in swimming and kayaking in the middle of the sea.”

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