Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide


Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, the City of Dubai stands out as a glittering jewel in an inhospitable desert landscape. It is a major center of government power and financial influence in the United Arab Emirates, but is still one of the seven that make up the country.

In the last decade, Dubai has grown to become the Middle East's tourism destination. It has attracted a large foreign population. Today, only 11% of Dubai's residents hold an Emirati passport. The city is truly "over the top," holding many records for "biggest," "tallest," and "only." Great strides have been made to ensure accessibility for many. The public transportation system is among the best in the world. The majority of attractions and sights are open to all. Sidewalks could and should be better, but the situation is improving. If Dubai is on your list, use this guide to plan your wheelchair accessible journey.

Guide Contents

Airport Accessibility

Dubai International Airport is one of the world's largest international gateways for airline passengers.

Attractions & Sights

Wheelchair users have access to two cities: modern and historic Dubai, from the Burj Khalifa to to the Deira Creek area.

Hotels & Accommodations

Wheelchair accessible hotels with roll-in shows are plentiful in Dubai.

Public Transportation

The Dubai Metro is one of the most accessible in the world.

Wheelchair Taxis

The number of wheelchair taxis in Dubai is growing.

"Roll-ability" of City Sidewalks

Dubai sidewalk accessibility is improving, but there is still much work to be done.

Visa Requirements & Safety

Dubai is one of the safest cities in the Middle East, and a popular tourist destination for foreign travelers.
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