Accessible Travel

In recent years the government has launched several initiatives to make Dubai more accessibility friendly through the Dubai Disability Strategy 2020. Most buildings are wheelchair accessible, but drop-down kerbs are still rare and practically nonexistent in Bur Dubai and Deira.

International airports Both airports are equipped with low check-in counters, luggage trolleys, automatic doors, lifts and quick check-in. Dubai International has a special check-in gate for travellers with special needs and a meet-and-assist service.

Public transport Dubai Taxi has a limited supply of 'special needs taxis' – vans with wheelchair lifts – but they must be ordered several hours in advance. Some local buses and all water taxis are wheelchair accessible. Dubai’s metro has lifts and grooved guidance paths in stations and wheelchair spaces in each train compartment. Most parking areas in Dubai contain spaces for drivers with disabilities.

Accommodation International chains and all top-end hotels have rooms with extra-wide doors and adapted bathrooms. Even budget hotels have lifts.

Sights & attractions Shopping malls are accessible, as are most bars and restaurants. Some beaches, including Kite Beach and Jumeirah Public Beach, have boardwalks leading through the sand to the waterfront.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.