To acquaint visually-impaired with the services provided by the Tourism Police
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Saturday, August 8th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
The Abu Dhabi Police offered 100 Braille tourism brochures to the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs to acquaint visually-impaired and blind visitors to the emirate, with the services provided by the Tourism Police Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The Zayed Higher Organization is the first authority to benefit from this humanitarian service.
Colonel Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), noted that the initiative that was adopted by the Criminal Investigation Department aims at upgrading the level of services provided to the public. “This initiative represents a step towards wider integration for blind and visually-impaired individuals into society. It also contributes to enhancing the evolving nature of Abu Dhabi’s tourism offering, and reflecting the identified the touristic, entertainment and cultural aspects of the emirate, which has emerged as a major and popular tourist destination; in coordination with the concerned authorities,” he said.
Furthermore, Colonel Dr. Borshid noted that the humanitarian initiative is a part of the police leadership’s directives, within the ‘Plants of Hope’ initiative, which was launched by Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The ‘Plants of Hope’ initiative aims to support and care for people with disabilities, provide them with a decent life and integrate them into the society.
Adding further, he said: “Providing care and assistance for people with special needs, stems primarily from this category’s right to effectively exercise their rights as citizens. It also aims at spreading the police culture, as well as raising awareness among people with special needs about purposeful issues, in order to promote respect for human rights, and observance of the law and social values”. He also reiterated the Tourism Police Section’s keenness to make the most use of its potential in order to provide optimal and superior services to the public, especially the blind and visually-impaired; as part of the plans aimed at reinforcing support for people with special needs. This comes in response to the directives of the higher leadership, which dedicates a great attention to supporting, integrating, and empowering this segment, as it is an integral part of the fabric of the UAE society.
A delegation from the Tourism Police Section has recently visited the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs and offered 100 Braille Tourism brochures designed primarily for use by blind and visually-impaired (50 copies in Arabic and 50 copies in English).
The Abu Dhabi Police reflected the message of the Zayed Higher Organization aimed at providing support and care to people with special needs and integrating them into society. A number of blind people inspected the brochure; and expressed their thanks and appreciation for Abu Dhabi Police for sponsoring this noble humanitarian project.
For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Muzeed Al Otaibi, Chief of the Tourism Police Section, stressed the Abu Dhabi Police’s keenness to provide all forms of support, find new ways to overcome obstacles that may impede the integration of people with special needs positively within their communities as individuals who are able to be productive and creative; thanks to the ongoing attention and support from the UAE leadership.
Adding further, Lieutenant Colonel Al Otaibi said that this brochure helps will acquaint the blind and visually-impaired with all services provided by the Tourism Police Section in Abu Dhabi. He also indicated that such initiatives contribute to reinforcing social ties and strategic partnerships between social institutions and blind people.
According to Colonel Al Otaibi, the brochure includes an overview on the Tourism Police and their objectives. It also includes tips on the proper methods to call for help during emergency situations or to report loss of property; the appropriate mechanism to communicate with the Directorate General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi; in addition to acquainting tourists with the most popular tourist attractions, places of worship, hotels, traditional clothing, customs and social values, and driving conditions within the UAE.
The brochure also includes tips to riding taxis; taxi fare information, car rentals; local laws and sanctions related to alcohol and other drugs; driving distances between cities and emirates; sea and land trips; list of essential and important telephone numbers in Abu Dhabi, such as hospitals, federal authorities, commercial and cultural centers, airports, airlines and police stations.
Lieutenant Colonel Al Otaibi reiterated the Abu Dhabi Police’s keenness to upgrade the levels of police work, provide service and assistance for all, and to ensure that the emirate of Abu Dhabi remains a secure and safe society, by providing high quality police services for citizens, residents and visitors to the emirate.
Nae’ma Abdul Rahman Al Mansouri, Director of the Blind Printing Press Center, greeted the visiting delegation. She praised this humanitarian initiative, which reflects the dedicated attention of the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters to people with special needs, and its firm belief in the police’s valuable role to achieve stability, progress and sustainable development in the country.
Furthermore, Mrs. Al Mansouri expressed her admiration for the high level of service provided by Abu Dhabi Police, and the keen interest of the Tourism Police Section to issue this brochure, to support the blind and visually-impaired and integrate them into society. She also commended the diligent police efforts to provide an appropriate atmosphere for tourists, in a way that reflects the bright image of the country.
The Director of the Blind Printing Press Center commended the close relationship between the MoI and the Zayed Higher Organization, and considered it as a successful strategic partnership model, which integrates efforts in order to provide support and care for the segments of society in the UAE in a way that ensures a life of dignity and security for all.
The Tourism Police Section, (www.hr.adpolice.gov.ae/tourismpolic), affiliated with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Directorate General of Police Operations, was established in 2008. The Section was created to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable stay in the emirate, and to maintain the rich cultural and historic heritage of the UAE.
It is worth mentioning that the Blind Printing Press Center, one of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care’s specialized centers for the people with special needs. It is the only printing press on the UAE level to re-print all levels of national curriculums (educational programs and tools) for students with VI in mainstream schools, as well as cultural material, documents, and books with Braille. Established in 2000, the center caters to the needs of blind and people with low sight all over the country. On 24 January 2006, the Blind Printing Press Center became a specialized center operating under the umbrella of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care.
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