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New Dubai law on rights of special needs people, up to Dh100,000 fine for violators


DUBAI – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a new law to ensure the rights of people with disabilities or special needs in Dubai, with tough penalties and fines of up to Dh100,000 for violators.

According to Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the law is aimed at ensuring that people with special needs, also known as people of determination, are fully integrated into society.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, also issued an Executive Council resolution on the executive regulation of the law on rights of people with special needs in Dubai.

The law is aligned with Dubai Government efforts to develop a comprehensive legal framework that protects the rights of people of determination.

Jobs, access to all services for special needs people in Dubai

Under the law, people with special needs in Dubai must be provided with exclusive education at every stage, rehabilitation, inclusive job opportunities in all sectors, healthcare, banking, therapeutic and social services, worship services as well as police and legal services.

Government entities and companies must ensure that people with special needs have access to date and information on their legal rights, and be allowed to participate in sports and entertainment programmes.

Higher committee for people of determination

Under the law, a permanent committee called Higher Committee to Protect the Rights of People of Determination will be formed, with the chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai to issue a decision on the formation of the committee.

The committee will be composed of representatives of relevant entities as well as representatives of people of determination. The committee will supervise all affairs concerning people of determination in Dubai, propose legislation and implement policies and initiatives to protect their rights.

A database on people with special needs will be created by the Dubai Statistics Centre.

Penalties for violating rights of people with special needs in Dubai

The new Dubai law has tasked the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai to develop a system where individuals can report violations of the rights of people of determination. The CDA will issue ID cards for registered people of determination in Dubai.

Under the law, people with special needs, their guardian, or any witness can report violations or maltreatment of people with disabilities.

Violators will be subject to fines listed in the Executive Regulation of the law. Fines will be doubled in case an offence is repeated within a year of the first offence, up to a maximum of Dh100,000.

The new law replaces the law pertaining to the Protection of the Rights of People with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai, and is effective upon publication in the Official Gazette. ICA/Expat Media

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