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Universal Design consulting from the Middle East’s leading Accessibility Consultants

We are experts in access for People of Determination. Our accessibility audits are the easiest and most economical way to make sure you not only open up your premises to every visitor, but also meet your obligations under relevant local legislation.

From Dubai’s Universal Design Code to Saudi Arabia’s Disability Code and from Kuwait’s Law No 8, to drawing on international best practice, we understand the differences and challenges across the Middle East and North Africa.

We take a common-sense approach to Universal Design too. We will highlight lots of significant but inexpensive changes – so improving your accessibility can cost a lot less than you imagine.

How we can help

Access for People of Determination
For us, it’s personal

Each of our Access Consultants identify as People of Determination. Our individual experiences of disability provides a unique insight into the barriers that people face.

That’s why organisations across the government, health care, education, transportation, entertainment, retail and architectural sectors trust us to get it right. We work very closely with our clients to find the most cost-effective way to implement access for People of Determination.

Our story

Direct Access wins inaugural MEED Editor’s award for inclusivity

MEED’s Editorial Director Richard Thompson introduced a new award highlighting the importance of businesses embracing accessibility. Head of Engagement, Steve Dering said “we are honoured to be the first recipients of this prestigious award. It is so significant and important to us to raise awareness of what we do. I cannot just pick the phone up to talk to clients.” (Steve is deaf)

Gulf Capital unveiled the winners of the 8th Gulf Capital SME Awards 2019 at a gala dinner hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC. 17 SMEs across the technology, F&B and healthcare sectors were recognised for implementing innovative techniques and strategies that lead to business growth and rapid expansion. This year, the awards, which recognise new and existing SME businesses, received a record number of 300 nominations across 16 categories.

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Last night was an interesting event to mark one year to go #Expo2020 Our Head of Engagement, Steve Dering, was at Burj Park - the largest event across all the Emirates. Any venue management needs to consider accessibility throughout for all their events #accessaudits

We totally love the way toy manufacturers are starting to raise awareness of inclusion! 😍

Now #Barbie are getting in on the act and have introduced a doll who is a wheelchair user

If you share a post today, make it this one 🙏

#Inclusion #Disability #ThursdayThoughts #Toys

Delighted to be part of @expo2020dubai and @UKPavilion2020 sharing British expertise to create an inclusive Expo. Some interesting plans ahead! #accessaudits #exciting

Does anyone know if @LIFX still exist? No reply to several messages via email and twitter 🤔

We are delighted to have been involved since July 2018 on creating the World’s Greatest Show! Looking forward to sharing details on accessibility in the near future #exciting #accessaudits

Latest News

Direct Access wins inaugural MEED Editor’s award for inclusivity

Direct Access wins inaugural MEED Editor’s award for inclusivity

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Making Middle East Hotels accessible

Hotels need to think beyond just providing an accessible bedroom to ensuring the accessibility of the entire service offering of the hotel facilities.

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Steven Mifsud, Director of accessibility firm Direct Access was recently interviewed by Hotelier.

We look at how hotels in the region can become more accessible for people of determination

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A selection of our clients

A selection of our testimonials

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