The rights of people of determination in the UAE

Provision under the law

Federal Law No. 29 of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People with Disabilities, as amended with federal law No. 14 of 2009 (the law) protects the rights of people of determination and guarantees them the right to live with dignity. Discrimination is defined as any segregation, exclusion or restriction due to special needs leading to the damage or denial of recognition of any rights granted by the prevailing legislation in the country or its practice or enjoyment on an equal footing. This way, the UAE strives to empower and promote the social inclusion of all.

Dubai’s law on the rights of people of determination

Law No. 3 of 2022 on the Rights of People of Determination (people with disabilities) in the Emirate of Dubai seeks to include people of determination in the process of drafting policies and legislations that concern them or may affect their quality of life.

The law sets forth their rights and the services that relevant entities should provide them. Services include:

  • inclusive education at every stage
  • rehabilitation
  • inclusive job opportunities in all sectors
  • healthcare, therapeutic and social services
  • ·other services such as worship, police and legal services.

People of determination should have the ability to access data and information through various platforms and be informed about their legal rights. They must have access to banking services and be able to participate in various sports and entertainment programmes, among others.

The Law also outlines the tasks and responsibilities of government entities in implementing this law. It also stipulates creating a permanent committee named the ‘Higher Committee to Protect the Rights of People of Determination’. The Committee will be tasked with supervising all affairs concerning people of determination in Dubai, and implementing policies, plans and initiatives aimed at protecting their rights.

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