Nearly 40 exhibitors have confirmed their participation for the first-of-its-kind event for the blind and visually impaired to be held in the region. Besides, in a first for the Middle East, it will also feature the Dialogue in the Dark café offering a transformative experience to visitors.
Organised by the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired ‘Sight ME – Exhibition for Visual Disability Technologies’ will be hosted at Expo Centre Sharjah from February 13 to 15, 2018.
A press conference to announce the show and its details was addressed by Mr. Adel Al Zamar, Chairman of the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, Mr. Marwan Mashgouni, Head of Protocol section, at Expo Centre Sharjah on Thursday (February 6).
“Sight ME is the only exhibition in the region displaying latest innovations and technologies for the blind and the visually impaired. International, regional and local experts in the field will participate in the event and showcase latest technologies and solutions. Governmental and non-governmental organizations too will be present at the show,” said Mr. Adel Al Zamar, Chairman of the Association.
Representing associations, equipment dealers, agents, government bodies and educational institutions, the exhibitors will come from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, Norway, South Korea, Poland, India, Sweden, Belgium, Kuwait, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany.
“The Sight ME exhibition will host workshops featuring experts from different countries. The workshops will take up issues facing by the visually impaired, offering a perfect opportunity to exchange views and experiences, which will positively reflect on the visually impaired and the society in general,”
The exhibitors will showcase products such as mobility aids, high-tech aids, electronic aids, aids for daily life as well as services for blind and visually impaired. Besides catering to the needs of the blind, it is also aimed at creating awareness in the community about the visually impaired.
One of the main attractions of the event will be Dialogue in the Dark café, which is one of the world’s most exciting life-changing experiences where visitors are guided by blind guides in absolute darkness.
Offering visitors an empathy experience for its visitors by putting them through daily life situations, Dialogue in the Dark pushes them out of the comfort zone. Here, visitors get a chance to experience daily environments of life in specially designed darkened rooms.