Sheikh Hamdan
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Image Credit: WAM

Dubai: Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, approved new social benefits worth Dh44 million for people of determination among Emiratis in Dubai.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid constantly follows up on the work of the Higher Committee for Development and Citizens Affairs and his directives are to completely transform the social sector. We are seeking to further enhance all services provided to our citizens as part of achieving our goal of providing them with the highest quality of life possible.”

Turning challenges into opportunities

The new social benefits represent another step in realising Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision of empowering people of determination in Dubai, by enabling them to turn challenges into opportunities, achieve success in various fields and providing them an environment that grants them stability and enhances their contribution to the development of Dubai and the UAE.

The new decision covers people of determination below the age of 60, who have physical or mental impairments that require them to be supported by others. The social benefits covered by the decision include fees for kindergarten establishments, schools, university programmes and training and rehabilitation centres within specialised institutions as well as the costs of providing shadow teachers, caregivers, personal assistants and sign language interpreters.

Accommodating people with disabilities

The benefits also cover assistive devices and technologies, rehabilitation of vehicles and various means of transportation and the costs of equipping the workplace to accommodate people with various types of disabilities. The number of beneficiaries of the new benefits will be gradually increased in the future to cover a wider section of the target segment.

Dubai Government is committed to integrating and empowering people of determination by strengthening efforts and supporting programmes and policies to ease their lives and provide them with the comprehensive support required to be an integral part of Dubai’s economic development journey.