The Accessible Qatar Conference organized by Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, and powered by IFP was held between 8-9 May, during Project Qatar 2017.
Sasol partnered with Project Qatar in order to raise awareness on the accessibility issue and to influence project developers towards making their existing and future venues accessible. Sasol and Project Qatar teamed up during a two days "Accessible Qatar Conference", and "Accessible Qatar Awards" for best accessible venues in Qatar.
The aim of the conference was to provide knowledge sharing in order to create awareness and explore importance of accessibility implementation in the various everyday life sectors. The conference also promoted a pavilion at Project Qatar exploring smart technologies which enable and foster universal accessibility.
The conference was also supported by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). Nasser Al Maslamani, Director of Planning and Quality, Qatar Tourism Authority, said, "At QTA, we believe that truly sustainable development is best achieved when government bodies join hands with the private sector in pursuit of common objectives." He stressed the importance of the Accessible Qatar – which helps to amplify the voice of the disabled community in Qatar, and ensure that their needs are at the forefront of major initiatives.”
Accessible Qatar, a Sasol initiative, is a smartphone application and website, the first of its kind in the region providing the disabled community instant and reliable information about the accessibility of public and touristic locations in Qatar. Combining expertly-audited data with user-submitted reviews and ratings, Accessible Qatar gives the disabled community and tourists the confidence to visit different accessible destinations. Moreover, having accessibility information publicly available on Accessible Qatar encourages venues to make necessary modifications in support of accessibility for all patrons.