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
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."