About Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology Summit Qatar

Future Accessibility Summit Qatar will support recent initiatives launched by the Qatari Government which aim to fully transform Qatar into a leading disabled-friendly city by 2020, through ambitious initiatives designed to maximise participation and inclusion of all Qatari citizens in achieving a fully integrated society.  Announced in November 2016, five key priorities have been defined to ensure future buildings and facilities are built in compliance with disability-friendly standards.

Working groups have been formed within the Qatari government to develop projects of a world class standard for accessibility in a modern urban environment and which are a central milestone on the roadmap to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Future Accessibility Summit Qatar will support the transition towards a more accessible urban environment by focusing on the principles of universal design that integrate adaptive and assistive technologies that make services, buildings, transportation and activities in Qatar more easily available to all, with a special focus on those with disabilities.

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Now is the moment for Qatar to evolve into a leader in urban accessibility for all:

Did you know?
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a billion people live with some form of disability. This represents approximately 15% of the world population
  • Qatar is diversifying its tourism offering to enhance its attractiveness. In 2015, the country recorded a record of 3 million visitors. It estimates that it can attract 4 million tourists in 2020, and aims to reach 9 million in 2030. Then there is a huge need to transform Qatar into an accessible and disabled friendly city. For the 2022 FIFA World Cup the country is investing USD 200 billion to remodel the whole country.
  • In November 2017, there will be a meeting where all stakeholders involved will update the Forum members on progress against the five recommendations and update on how they have helped shape policy and procedural matters connected to their specific projects.
  • Leadership have demonstrated commitment to rights for all through many years. In 2007, Social Security Act provided monthly benefits to persons with disabilities and a monthly cash allowance for domestic help. In 2008, Qatar had ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2014, the Department of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities had been created within the Ministry of Labour to develop and implement relevant policies. In April 2015 Qatar adopted the law on persons with disabilities, which covered the rights contained in the UN Convention. In 2016, the Accessibility Forum is implemented to work on universal accessibility in the frame of the Qatar National Vision 2030.


  • • Future Accessibility Summit Qatar will provide a best in class platform for interaction between government policy makers and citizens to discuss, evaluate and support the special requirements in terms of disabilities and technology solutions that may be applied to an urban environment
  • • Gain insight into the initiatives, specifications and standards in terms of accessibility, their development and application to be applied by 2022
  • • Achieve your current and future development objectives and strategies by identifying new technology innovation, optimizing existing hardware and software configurations, integrating new devices into existing infrastructures
  • • Develop your network of peers, decision makers and solution providers to increase your knowledge base and expertise resources in Qatar
  • • Share national and international best practices and successful stories on technology used to bring efficient solutions that may applied to improve Qatar accessibility


Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology Summit Qatar 2017 will once again be Powered by the annual Project Qatar exhibition. Project Qatar is a specialized exhibition targeting construction professionals and government officials in Qatar.

The event attracts key buyers and industry leaders looking for the most up-to-date technology and state-of-the art equipment available on the market. Project Qatar is now established as Qatar's most important exhibition for highlighting the latest products and services needed for Qatari's fast growing construction sector and has become a destination of choice for regional and international industry professionals.

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2017 Advisory Board

Aliya Qutub

Marketing & Outreach Manager, Child Development Center

Joselia Neves

Associate Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Mike Park

eAccessibility Expert, MADA

Vladimir Cuk

Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

2017 Speakers

  • Dr. Victor Pineda

    President and Founder
    Pineda Foundation / World Enabled

  • Kamila Janik

    BA, PG Dip, MSc, BCBA
    Clinical Program Lead

  • David Banes

    David Banes Access and Inclusion Services

  • Borja Pardo

    Lead Architect & Project Manager
    Acciona Engineering - Doha Branch

  • Dr. Hamada Hasan Al-Sulaiti

    Secretary General
    Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science

  • Joselia Neves

    Associate Professor
    Hamad Bin Khalifa University

  • Mike Park

    eAccessibility Expert

  • Kelly Anthony

    Associate Director (Planning)
    Place Dynamix Middle East

  • Ari Lahiri

    General Manager

  • Mousa Mohammad

    Educational expert
    Persons With Disability Consultant

  • Olcay Connor

    Step by Step Centre

  • Hussain Naimi

    CEO Advisor
    Smart City Consultant

  • Gaby Salomé

    General Manager
    Al Mana Interiors

  • Vladimir Cuk

    Executive Director
    International Disability Alliance

  • Anthony Nemeth

    Head of Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning

  • Clare O'Donnell

    Senior Architect

  • Arch. Hamoda Youssef

    Head of Communications
    Qatar Green Building Council

  • Yousef Jarbi

    Senior Technology Specialist
    Qatar University

  • Mona Noureldin Mohamed

    Senior Urban & Recreation/Open Space Planning Specialist.
    Qatar National Master Plan - Ministry of Municipality and Environment

2017 Sponsors and Partners