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ACCESSIBILITY IN ABU DHABI

INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE


Fatma M Amer, PE

Abu Dhabi International Building Codes


In 2009, Department of Municipal
Affairs started the process to develop a
Building Code for Abu Dhabi that meets
the needs for a progressive Construction
Industry.
The Codes were modified to suit the
unique Abu Dhabi environment and the
codes were officially adopted October
2013.
Working closely with ZHO, the ICC/ANSI
Standards was modified to produce Abu
Dhabi International Accessibility
Standards.
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Chapter 11 of the Abu Dhabi International


Building Code
Where required. Sites, buildings, structures, facilities, elements
and spaces, temporary or permanent, shall be accessible to
persons with physical disabilities.
Exceptions: Construction sites, utility buildings or spaces, Walk in
Coolers, Fuel dispensing systems, Raised areas and guard towers
etc.
Existing Buildings: Chapter 34, upon:
Change of use and occupancy
Major Alteration
Changes on Accessible Routes
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Basis for Technical Requirements


Abu Dhabi International Accessibility Standards
(ICC/ANSI A117.1)
Basis for Technical Requirements

Dimensions of
Adult Sized
Wheelchair
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Basis for Technical Requirements

Unobstructed
Reach Ranges

Basis for Technical Requirements

CANE RANGES AND


TECHNIQUE
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Exterior Accessible Routes


Site Arrival Points: Accessible routes within a site are required FROM
public arrival points (i.e. transportation stops, accessible parking and
passenger loading zones and public streets and sidewalks TO the
building accessible entrance.

Accessible Primary Entrances


Public entrances. In addition to
accessible entrances required by
Sections 1105.1.1 through
1105.1.6, at least 60 percent of
all public entrances shall be
accessible.
Parking garage entrances
Entrances from tunnels or elevated
walkways.
Restricted entrances
Entrances for inmates or detainees
Tenant spaces, dwelling units and
sleeping units
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Interior Accessible Route


Interior Accessible Route is required from the accessible
entrance to all accessible spaces, elements and facilities within
the building.

carpet on floor surfaces


min. dimensions for accessible route

beveled changes in level

openings in floor surfaces

MANEUVERING CLEARANCE AT DOORS

Elevators/Lifts
1109.6 Elevators.
Passenger elevators on
an accessible route shall
be accessible.
3002.4 Elevator car to
accommodate
ambulance stretcher.
Where elevators are
provided in buildings four
or more stories above, or
four or more stories
below, grade plane, at
least one elevator shall
be provided for for
emergency medical
services

Accessible Dwelling and Sleeping Units

Hotels
Apartment
Buildings
Institutional
Facilities
Accessible Unit
Type A Unit
Type B Unit

TOTAL
NUMBER OF
UNITS
PROVIDED
1 to 25
26 to 50
51 to 75
76 to 100
101 to 150
151 to 200
201 to 300
301 to 400
401 to 500
501 to 1,000
Over 1,000

MINIMUM
REQUIRED
NUMBER OF
ACCESSIBLE UNITS
WITHOUT ROLL-IN
SHOWERS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
2% of total
20, plus 1 for each
100, or fraction
thereof, over 1,000

MINIMUM
REQUIRED
NUMBER OF
ACCESSIBLE UNITS TOTAL NUMBER OF
WITH
REQUIRED
ROLL-IN SHOWERS ACCESSIBLE UNITS
0
1
0
2
1
4
1
5
2
7
2
8
3
10
4
12
4
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1% of total
3% of total
10 plus 1 for each 30 plus 2 for each
100, or fraction
100, or fraction
thereof, over 1,000 thereof, over 1,000

Toilet and bathing Facilities

TRANSFERTYPE
SHOWER

HEIGHT OF LAVATORIES AND SINKS

SIZE OF CLEARANCE FOR WATER CLOSET

SIDE WALL GRAB BAR FOR WATER CLOSET

Special Occupancies

Assembly Seating
Companion Seats
Assistive Listening System
Dining Areas
Self-Service Storage Facilities

CAPACITY OF
SEATING
MINIMUM REQUIRED
IN ASSEMBLY NUMBER OF WHEELCHAIR
SPACES
AREAS
4 to 25
1
26 to 50

51 to 100

101 to 300

301 to 500

TOTAL SPACES
IN FACILITY
1 to 200

MINIMUM NUMBER OF
REQUIRED ACCESSIBLE SPACES
5%, but not less than 1

Over 200

10, plus 2% of total number of


units over 200

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6, plus 1 for each 150, or
501 to 5,000 fraction thereof, between
501 through 5,000
36 plus 1 for each 200, or
fraction thereof, over
5,001 and over
5,000

Accessible Means of Egress

Assistive Listening and Emergency Warning


Systems

Assistive listening systems. Each assembly area where


audible communications are integral to the use of the
space shall have an assistive listening system.
Fire and Smoke Alarms. Where early warning systems
are provided, it shall be made Audible and Visual.

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Signage
1110.1 Signs. Required accessible elements
shall be identified by the International Symbol
of Accessibility at the following locations:

Accessible parking spaces


Accessible passenger loading zones
Accessible multiple single-user toilet or
bathing rooms
Accessible entrances
Accessible check-out aisles
Family or assisted-use toilet and bathing
rooms
Accessible dressing, fitting and locker
rooms
Accessible areas of refuge
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