Authorities in Dubai are set to roll out a benefit package for companies owned by people with disabilities, or ‘people of determination.’
A recent report from Dubai’s official state news agency WAM revealed that the local municipality will offer UAE nationals with disabilities ‘preferential’ treatment at the purchasing section in the Contracts and Purchasing Department of the Dubai Municipality.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai decreed in April of last year that disabled people would be known as ‘people of determination’ in a move to recognize their immense efforts in overcoming all obstacles.
People holding the Sanad card issued by the Community Development Authority, or those holding the People of Determination card issued by the Ministry of Community Development are eligible to the business privileges; this according to the WAM revelations.
Director of the contracts and Purchasing Development at the Dubai Municipality, Mohammed Al Zaffin is quoted to have said that the privileges consists of prioritizing people of determination who are nationals of the UAE with some price variance of about five percent while also relieving them off registration and renewal fees for suppliers. The prioritization also affects their purchase orders for less than ten thousand dirham.
He went on to say that the privileges also include special offers, prioritizing the disbursement of financial payments to their companies, and to accept the receipt of documents by email without the need to present themselves at the office.
Al-Zaffin also added that these privileges are part of the municipality’s social commitment meant to support and empower people of determination while also showing appreciation for their efforts and potentials.
The initiative is also part of Dubai’s National Strategy for Empowering People with Disabilities which revolves around six pillars including health and rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education, mobility and social protection.
Sheikh Mohammed when launching the strategy said that disability is in fact the lack of ability to make progress and achievement. He said that the achievements that people of determination have made in various spheres of influence over the past years are proof enough that determination and a strong will can enable the impossible. The leader encouraged people to counter challenges and difficult circumstances while steadfastly striving to achieve their goals.