2nd Edition
Tourism for Everyone

Dubai Accessible Tourism
International Summit

12 January 2022
JW Marriott Marquis

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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. 

Message from Event Patron

Dubai Accessible Tourism International Summit (DATIS) constitutes a qualitative addition to the global efforts aimed at making the world more accessible to People of Determination.

The Summit, at its first edition, was able to attract international experts and officials who highlighted the rights of millions of people about mobility in the tourism domain and the challenges they face during their travel from one city to another.

We have taken the initiative and important steps towards achieving our goal of making Dubai at the top of the list of favourite global destinations for tourists with disabilities.

We will not stop after what we have achieved, but will proceed ahead, in coordination with the governmental and private agencies and international institutions, to enhance the competitiveness of the Emirates in this regard.


Our Partners in Success

What is Dubai Accessible Tourism International Summit?

Within the framework of the UAE’s wise leadership’s vision to make the country and Dubai a preferred friendly destination for tourists and visitors with disabilities, Dubai is hosting the Dubai Accessible Tourism International Summit.
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 the UAE’s efforts to make the country a preferred tourist destination for people with disabilities from all over the world, and for decision makers in the UAE to have the opportunity to be acquainted with best international practices in the field of tourism and services dedicated to people with disabilities. This will eventually serve the UAE 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.
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Why Dubai Accessible Tourism
International Summit (DATIS) 2022?

Hosting the DATIS for the second time in Dubai makes sense given its amazing credentials in accessibility domain. The Emirate is steaming ahead to make itself a fully accessible destination by removing barriers and obstacles. It is modifying over a 1,000 existing buildings and hotels and over 100 kilometres of streets and road networks. Work is underway to achieve the goal of making Dubai – A City of Everyone.

This is being achieved as the UAE hosts the World Expo in Dubai from October 2020 for the first time in the MENASA, bringing millions of visitors during its six month’s run. Accessibility for the tourism industry is a golden opportunity to drive increased revenues. A combination of social imperative and economic opportunity.

DATIS will debate on Policy and Planning, Capacity Building, Information and Customer Service and Infrastructure and Facilities. Medical Tourism, Prejudices in Media, Use of Social Media and Lack of Information and the Future of Accessible Tourism will also be debated. Spread over several sessions and workshops over two days, DATIS aims to become a sensible voice to better the tourism industry’s prospects.

DATIS 2019 Highlights & Achievements

The Summit, at its first edition, was able to attract international experts and officials who highlighted the rights of millions of people about mobility in the tourism domain and the challenges they face during their travel from one city to another.
  • First-of-its-kind of Summit in the Middle East, India and Africa
  • 42 speakers and over 400 participants who came from 31 countries
  • Highlighted the challenges faced by disabled tourists during their travel
  • Debated how cities can be more accessible
  • Wide and exceptional publicity both in print and electronic media
  • Accessibility efforts by destinations cogently highlighted
  • A qualitative addition made to the accessible tourism promotion
  • Strengthened relationships among the industry stakeholders
  • Deepened awareness about destinations marketing
  • Bettered the prospects for tourism product differentiation
  • Enabled multi-industry efforts to develop strategies
  • Helped build superior market-leading positioning
  • Impactful image-building for the participating companies
  • Another signature event in Dubai’s MICE bouquet
  • Much-needed specialized workshops for industry professionals
a photo of the attendees during the 2019 summit
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Dubai to host second 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

Why you should not miss
DATIS 2022

  • Tourism for People of Determination is largely untapped despite vast technological advancements and innovations in the way they can explore the world
  • Assuming 15% 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 seen as a company/organisation seen that strongly supports 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
  • 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.