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CDA, Desert Group in pact to aid handicapped

Dubai, March 20, 2010

The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai has signed an MoU with Desert Group, a leading provider of landscape leisure and lifestyle solutions, aimed at developing the skills of people with disabilities.

The scope of the agreement includes exploring their inclusion in the vocational sector, a statement said.

CDA will provide the Desert Group with information resulting from researches on the employment of people with disabilities, and Desert Group will continuously explore possibilities to employ people with disabilities.

Desert Group will also provide CDA with the necessary reports on the jobs provided, according to the statement.

“The agreement with Desert Group is in line with CDA’s commitment to implement international standards in supporting people with disabilities and follows a special policy to guarantee the best ways to empower them and benefit from their inherent potential,” said Khaled Al Kamda, director general of CDA.

“CDA strives to create opportunities for young people with disabilities to work, which contributes to empowering them to participate in social life, develop their personal skills and use their abilities to overcome the challenges they face,” added Al Kamda.

“Inclusion of the special needs within workforce is a challenge we took and we succeeded in with the objective of showcasing the project for all sectors to follow, we believe that our alliance with CDA vast experience and its current tremendous efforts will add on to this ongoing success,” said Ali Ibrahim Badi, member of board of directors, administration & marketing manager, Desert Group.

CDA will nominate individuals with disabilities and send their resumes to receive the necessary training with the Desert Group, which will train them for administrative and simple professional occupations.

Desert Group said it will allocate Dh70,000 ($19,060) each to five Emiratis with disabilities to assist in their marriage costs provided they continue working in any company for one year, obtain good performance evaluation and agree to marry at a group wedding to be organized by the Desert group.

Desert group will also employ the expertise of CDA in the assessment of the quality of its employment programmes, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service




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