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Direct Access wins inaugural MEED Editor’s award for inclusivity

Direct Access wins inaugural MEED Editor’s award for inclusivity

Announced last night at the end of the MEED and Gulf Capital SME awards, 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.

The United Arab Emirates has introduced several Codes and legislation designed to create an inclusive society for People of Determination. Since 2017 Direct Access has been in the Middle East advising organisations on how to improve access. We opened our first offices in Dubai in 2018 with a team working across the region.

Our Access Appraisals support architectural firms to implement accessibility at the design stage and our Accessibility Audits enable occupiers of established premises to understand how accessible their buildings and services are. This enables informed decisions to be made about refurbishment plans to increase accessibility.

Our clients are diverse ranging from auditing small offices to design reviews for large scale events including Expo 2020 Dubai and for master planners in Saudi Arabia.

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