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Special Needs Resources & Support In The UAE

In the UAE they have many support systems to provide help and advice to special need children and their parents.

Posted on

24 July 2013

Last updated on 11 December 2017
Special Needs Resources & Support In The UAE

If your child has certain special needs that need to be addressed when you move to the UAE there are schools and centers that offer the right kind of support for both children with special needs and their parents. When applying for a special needs school ensure that you apple in a timely manner as spaces are usually limited. However each of these centers is very helpful in giving advice and recourses to parents of special children.

Abu Dhabi

Stars for Special Abilities

Stars for Special Abilities is committed to building a strong team with a common goal of helping every student shine. In partnership with children, teachers, parents, schools, medical professionals and the community along with the firm belief that all children are capable of success, Stars for Special Abilities is committed to helping each child develop not only academically but also socially and emotionally to their fullest potential and building each child’s self-confidence and self-worth.

Contact them on: +971 2 446 2048
Email: [email protected]

Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs

12 centers for special needs and humanitarian care across Abu Dhabi, ZHO provides a range of integrated services that aim at rehabilitating disabled people for inclusion into the community. These services include training and education, vocational and therapeutic rehabilitation (assessment, early intervention, physiotherapy, functional therapy, speech therapy, and vocational training workshops), psychological care, family counseling, as well as supporting educational and sport activities.


Their groups include:

The Special Needs Sector:
Tel: +971 2 698 5555 or +971 2 698 5610 or +971 2 698 5614
Email: [email protected]

Blind Printing Press:
Tel: +971 2 698 5677 or +971 2 698 5688
Email: aldaaya.alrashedi@zho.a

Zayed Agricultural Center for Rehabilitation and Development:
Tel: +971 2 698 5771 or +971 2 698 5776
Email: [email protected]

Abu Dhabi Sport Club for Special Needs:
Tel: +971 2 558 2884
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Al Ain sport Club for Handicapped:
Tel: +971 3 782 0990
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Abu Dhabi Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 2 698 5750 or +971 2 698 5751

Abu Dhabi Center for Autism:
Tel: +971 2 698 5780 or +971 2 698 5782 or +971 2 698 5480

Al Ain Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 3 698 5900 or +971 3 698 5901

Al Qooa' Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 3 735 6342

Madinat Zayed Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 2 698 5822 or +971 2 698 5828

Ghayathi Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 2 698 5880 or +971 2 874 1415

Al Sela' Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 2 698 5700 or +971 2 698 5724

Delma Center for Care and Rehabilitation:
Tel: +971 2 698 5800 or +971 2 698 5801 or +971 2 878 3099

The New England Center for Children

New England Center for Children, NECC-AD, strives to provide all children with the most effective intervention and education available. Our overriding goal is to provide state-of-the-art Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) when teaching children with autism, thereby increasing their abilities to function and communicate successfully with as much independence as possible. Priority is given to UAE Nationals.

Contact them on: +971 2 642 9550
Email: [email protected]

The Sheena Wilson Centre for Children with Disabilities

Research has found that 2 out of every 20 students have a learning difficulty which equates to two students in every classroom across the UAE. The Sheena Wilson Centre (TSWC) has a team of dedicated professionals who provide individualized integrated therapy and educational programs to develop their learning capabilities and give them skills for life.

With over 20 years of clinical experience, Sheena Wilson founded the TSWC in 2011 to provide experienced professional services to address this growing need in the UAE. The center provides services from early detection and intervention to resolution of the learning difficulty, including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and many other learning difficulties.

Contact them on: +971 50 348 8625
Email: [email protected]


Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs opened its doors in Dubai on November 21, 1981, starting with only eight children. The Centre serves children with special needs from different nationalities and can accommodate up to 300 children in the new facility. The purpose-built facility opened its doors in April 2007 and was officially inaugurated on November 04, 2007 by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai.

Contact them on: +971 4 340 4844
Email: [email protected]

The Dubai Center for Special Needs

The Dubai Center for Special Needs is an established, non-profitable institution that provides the highest standards of service in specialized education and therapy, for children with various disabilities. It is a caring environment, largely dependent on the generosity of the local communities and corporations. Its aim is to provide each and every one of its students the key to a positive life, thereby "Lighting the path to a brighter future".

There are 130 students at The Center of which 65% are U.A.E. Nationals. Our students are aged between 3 years and 27 years. Our aim is to give each and every one of our students the best quality of life of which they are able physically, emotionally, socially and academically.

When they have finished their academic education, we concentrate on prevocational training taking them to various organizations within Dubai for work experience and, hopefully, we can finally help them to gain employment within the community and to take their rightful place in this world which is their moral right.

Contact them on: +971 4 344 0966
Email: [email protected]

The Rashid Centre

The Rashid Centre aims to provide high quality, integrated education services and therapies for children with special needs. The center's purpose is to develop children's abilities to function and learn within their environments, that is, home, school, and community, and to develop maximum independence and participation in these environments.

Our aim is to deliver services that set high standards and expectations for children with special needs residing in the UAE, and to develop awareness and an understanding of disability issues in the Gulf Community.

Contact them on: +971 4 340 0005
Email: [email protected]

The Dubai Autism Center

The Dubai Autism Center is a center of excellence having highly trained professionals to provide accredited programs to support individuals with Autism and their families, to be an internationally recognized Autism consultancy center for the region.

Contact them on: +971 4 340 0005

Riding for the Disabled Association

In 1998, Riding for the Disabled Association’s patron, Her Highness Sheikha Hassa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the program by donating 3 of her horses to be used for therapeutic riding. October 2008 marked the beginning of RDAD’s 10th season of therapeutic riding lessons.

We have approximately 60 children currently enrolled in the riding program. Examples of riders’ disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, mental retardation, and various learning disabilities.

Contact them: [email protected] [email protected]


Tamkeen operates under the umbrella of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai. Tamkeen provides services for people with visual impairments and offers training programs aimed at upgrading their applied skills to enable them to have access to suitable employment consistent with their abilities. Suited for university level visually impaired students.

Contact them on: +971 4 446 3252
Email: [email protected]

The British Institute for Learning Development

Contact them on: +971 4 394 5907
Email: [email protected]


Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

The Sharjah City for humanitarian services offer an array of specialized services for special needs children. However one of their requirements is that the child is an Arabic speaker.

Contact them on: +971 6 567 1117 or +971 6 566 0667

Their groups include:

  • Al Amal School for Deaf Students

  • Al Wafa School for Developmental Training

  • Sharjah Autism Center

  • Early Intervention Center

  • Physical & Occupational Therapy Department

  • Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Sharjah City Audiology Center

  • Emirates Special Art Group


Manzil will provide a highly professional care-giving and learning environment for individuals with special needs to nurture their potential & develop the requisite self-help, social, educational & vocational skills that are required to function in society

Contact them on: +971 6 534 7663
Email: [email protected]

The Modern International Center for Speech

The Modern International Center for Speech (MICS) offers speech therapy on a one to one basis for those suffering from genetic deficiencies, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, stuttering and other speech impediments resulting from aphasia, articulation disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysarthria, and nasality. Includes therapy in Arabic, English & Hindi.
Contact them on: +971 6 553 6344

The British Institute for Learning Development

Contact them on: +971 6 5383262
Email: [email protected]