In a prestigious honor accorded to the Emirate of Sharjah, the city will be named champion of the disabled at an event to be held at the United Nations. The city will be thus formally acknowledged as a place that is an “accessible city for the physically disabled”. The event is part of the World Cities Day celebrations being held in New York on October 31. This is an event held by the United Nations every year to promote aspects of urban development worldwide.
This honor comes as a vindication for the city of Sharjah that has an extremely disabled-friendly infrastructure coupled with measures to facilitate their various activities. The commander-in-chief of Sharjah Police, Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, has hailed the development saying that the title is a tribute to not just Sharjah, but also to the UAE and the Arab world.
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The director General of Sharjah Municipality, Thabit Salem Al-Tarifi, said that the city boasts of a number of initiatives that boost accessibility for the disabled. They are provided wheelchairs for accessing municipality buildings and parks and given entry into public parks without levying any fees.
The city also saw the establishment of the Resource Centre for Persons with Disabilities which goes a long way in making things conducive for people with various levels of disabilities.