Three-year-old disabled boy moves hearts of visitors

DUBAI — Ghanem, a three-year-old physically challenged Qatari boy, moved the hearts of many who visited the Dubai Municipality stall at the fifth edition of Dubai International Rehabilitation Forum — Rehab Dubai 2006, which concluded in Dubai yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 13 Mar 2006, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:29 PM

“Though he is disabled, Ghanem has the power to enthuse anybody with his athletic confidence,” said Muna Ali bint Hareb, Head of Corporate Marketing and Exhibitions Unit in the Public Relations and Organisations Department of the civic body.

“He was there all three days of the exhibition with his mother Umm Ghanem, who was happily sharing with the visitors her experiences with Ghanem,” said Bin Hareb. She noted that Ghanem literally stole the hearts of all who visited the stall at Rehab.

“He can walk on his hands, swim and do many other things despite his disability. With his rock hard confidence, he has proved himself that disability was not a hindrance for anything,” she said.

She added that the mother, Umm Ghanem, is also involved with many charity organisations, has written a few books about her son to tell his story to the world. With his presence at our stall we wanted to convey a message of hope to other disabled people, Bin Hareb explained.

She said the municipality has been giving importance to people with special needs considering them as an integral part of the society. “The number of people with special needs taking up jobs with the civic body has risen to 27, including four female employees,” she noted.

“Dubai Municipality is providing them with equal opportunities in work along with other sections of the society in its different departments and sections. People with special needs have been enjoying a great deal of encouragement from the leadership of the Municipality, which has been appointing them in different departments of the civic body and has been facilitating them to perform well in their duties,” she said.

The municipality has provided special facilities in its building for the handicapped employees. In order to make easy entry and exit for the special needs people who come on wheel chairs, car parking is made available close to the main entrance.

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