Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum will inaugurate this year's Middle East Forum for Accessible Tourism (MEFAT), reports confirm.
The president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports will open the event, which is to be held in the emirate on May 13th this year.
More than 500 professionals and leaders from within the aviation, tourism and hospitality industries within the United Arab Emirates are set to attend the event, AME Info reports.
Commenting on his confirmation as patron of the event, Sheikh Ahmend said: "Hosting of the forum for the fifth successive year clearly reflects our eagerness to promote the UAE and other Arab cities as friendly tourism destinations for people with special needs."
Indeed, there are a number of growth opportunities within the tourism sector for people with disabilities, he said.
Developing accessible tourism can bring not only tourism benefits, but also humanitarian ones, he said.