Alexandria's first disability-friendly public beach

Egypt opens a public beach for people with disabilities

Location: Alexandria, Egypt

A third of the beach is now equipped

with a wooden platform that extends to the water

special chairs

and a team of aid workers

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ALEXANDRIA RESIDENT, ABDELRAHMAN MOHAMED, SAYING:"I am very happy that they designed a beach just for us. At first, I couldn't swim, but now I don't need help from my father or anyone else. I don't need help from anyone."

Alexandria plans to make more beaches disability-friendly

as part of the city's campaign to make public venues more accessible

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF ALEXANDRIA CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION FOR TOURISM, GAMAL RASHAD, SAYING:

"With this initiative, we are encouraging beach tourism. We are specifically targeting those with disabilities. Hopefully they come from all over the world and rate their experience. Egypt will be a leader and Alexandria will be a leader in this experience, God willing."

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