Tourism for Everyone

Dubai Accessible Tourism
International Summit

See you at the next edition!

November 10 & 11, 2020
Dubai World Trade Centre

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Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

People with disabilities are keen each passing day on travelling the world and exploring tourist destinations on their own, with their family members and friends in tow. Despite their numbers burgeoning and spending power witnessing an upward swing, the tourism industry is lagging far behind in tapping the vast potential ofoffering Accessible Holidays. Accessible Tourism and making the cities wheelchair accessible to make the long-desired Accessible Tourism a reality. The world is now metaphorically a global village with innovative mobility aids and technological advancements helping the people suffering disabilities and those confined to the wheelchairs, to explore historic as well as exotic and adventurous destinations. When it comes to spending, they shell out three times more money than the ‘normal’ tourists spends on Wheelchair Accessibledestinations. Acting as a link between the governments and tourism industry stakeholders, the DATIS offers multi-dimensional benefits to the organizations to strongly work with for bettering Holidays for People with Disabilities.  Making the life better for all the segments of society is an avowed agenda of every government, but the key decision-makers, policy and urban planners and tourism and travel officials, along with social influencers and crucial market players, need to be sensitized about the changing public perceptions and for working in tandem for a long-lasting impact. The Summit is a tailored opportunity to proceed with determination with the right strategies and initiatives for ensuring Accessibility-friendly holidays. That’s to gain a far better understanding about the market expectations and future growth potential.  Dubai, the fourth most-visited city in the world for the fifth year in a row as per the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI), is the right place to host the knowledge-and-experience sharing platform for the world’s benefit as it remains on its way to become the world’s most-accessible city as it hosts the MENASA’s first-ever Expo, the world’s third biggest global gathering after the Olympics and FIFA Football World Cup, for six months from October 2020. 

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Within the framework of our quest for the realisation of our wise leadership’s vision to make UAE and Dubai a preferred friendly destination for tourists and visitors of determination, I have the pleasure to announce Dubai’s hosting of the 1st edition of the “Dubai Accessible Tourism International Summit – Tourism for Everyone: Improving Engagement, Enhancing Experience”.
A first-of-a-kind in the world in terms of the comprehensive range of topics to be discussed, the Summit aims to highlight the legislations, policies and requirements of tourists of determination, in addition to the challenges they face while travelling in relation to available infrastructures, transportation and communications means, education, medical tourism, banking services and qualified human resources capable of dealing with them, among other equally important related issues.
The Summit, which enjoys the participation of organisations, officials and international government officials and experts, aims also to strengthen our efforts to make our nation a preferred tourist destination for people of determination from all over the world, and to avail the opportunity for the decision makers in the UAE to be acquainted with best international practices in the field of tourism and services dedicated to people of determination. This will eventually serve our national economy by attracting a new segment of tourists and visitors of more than 700 million people, 50 million of whom live in the Middle East.
I look forward to your support and participation in this Summit, so that we contribute together to boosting the importance of our nation as a preferred tourist friendly destination for people of determination, while working together to make this Summit an additional achievement to the list of global events hosted by the UAE.


Dubai Accessible Tourism International Summit (DATIS) emerges as a global platform to make cities friendlier to People of Determination

A panel representing People of Determination discussing about the challenges they face when traveling during the 1st edition of DATISHis Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, has asserted that the Dubai Accessible Tourism International Summit (DATIS) is a qualitative addition to the international efforts aimed at making the world better and more accessible to tourists from within the ranks of People of Determination.


Dubai to host first Accessible Tourism International Summit

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports
Dubai set to be friendliest

Dubai set to be friendliest place for ‘people of determination’

A series of initiatives help develop and empower those with special needs
Accessible aviation- Galloping growth

Accessible Aviation: Galloping Growth

ICAO, IATA and ACI are aggressively working their ways to make the aviation industry more and more accessible to people with disabilities

2019 Highlights


  • Tourism for People of Determination has remained largely untapped despite vast technological advancements and innovations in the way they can explore the world
  • Assuming 10% of the world’s total 1.2 billion tourists faced with disabilities, it is huge potential market as they spend three times more than the normal tourists
  • A platform with multi-dimensional benefits for your company/organisation to express/display strong association with People of Determination.
  • A wonderful opportunity to enhance your company/organisation’s share through reaching out to People with Disabilities
  • Be your company/organisation seen as a strong supporter of the governmental efforts to make life better for this segment of our society
  • Meet government ministers, decision-makers, social influencers and other crucial market players for networking and professional benefits
  • The summit takes forward the mission of enabling People with Disabilities enjoy the world of tourism, with the governments, tourism bodies, travel industry players, urban planners and others working in tandem
  • The summit is a step towards moving further in determining what the people with disabilities requires
  • Help the tourism industry to get the right strategies and programmes in place
  • It will be an ideal platform to know how technology and innovation are getting better to make the life easy and more accessible
  • A timely platform to network and share strategies and experiences and understand the market needs and expectations.


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Effective date (for travel / bookings) : 1st Nov – 9th Nov 2019

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