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Special banknotes with Braille numerical edges

Filed on June 3, 2014

Blind people here will have special banknotes with Braille numerical edges next year to easily recognise the currency value without seeking help.

The UAE Central Bank, as a start, provided samples of Dh50 and Dh100 denominations to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

According to a senior official, there are further plans to upgrade all ATM machines, and turn them into audio-operated interactive devices, to suit people with special needs who are qualified by law to proceed their financial transactions.

Wafa Hamad, Manager of Special Needs Care and Rehabilitation Department at the Social Ministry, on Sunday said they have concluded an agreement with the UAE Central Bank to provide special needs people with all suitable bank services and facilities.

“The move is in response to a tweet posted last month by the UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in which he urged the central bank to use Braille in the UAE’s banknotes.”

All denominations of banknotes shall soon be printed with special Brialle edges. “The Ministry of Social Affairs is to receive samples of these banknotes to choose the easiest to recognise the most suitable for blind people here,” she said.

Hamad said they have prepared a special directory for all banks to show and study the best international practices on bank environment and facilities given to special needs people.

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