Dubai on Track to Become First Certified Autism Destination™ in Eastern Hemisphere, Sets Stage for Accessible and Inclusive Global Tourism

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is proud to announce that Dubai has made remarkable progress in becoming the first Certified Autism Destination™ in the Eastern Hemisphere. This milestone, achieved in just over a year, marks a significant chapter in Dubai’s commitment to inclusivity and awareness, aligning perfectly with Autism Acceptance Month this April.  

This dedication is reflected in several key achievements:

  • More than 14, 006 individuals working in Dubai’s tourism industry have completed thorough training on autism and sensory awareness using the Dubai Way platform.
  • More than 380 hotels have begun the certification process to become Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designated, ensuring a warm and relaxing stay for autistic travelers.
  • There are more than 30 locations throughout Dubai that have already been awarded IBCCES certifications, certified locations include:

Awarding of CAC certificate to Dubai International Airport Officials

“Dubai’s rapid progress is a shining example for destinations worldwide,” said Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman of IBCCES.  “Typically, achieving Certified Autism Destination™ status would take a city three years and Dubai’s record-breaking pace reflects the strong community support and leadership from its key partners. For us, this is just the beginning, and we’re brimming with excitement for another year of teamwork, eager to see Dubai achieve Certified Autism Destination™ status by working closely together.”

One of the key drivers of Dubai’s success is the implementation of DCT’s Autism and Sensory Awareness training program on the Dubai Way platform. This training program, launched on World Autism Awareness Day in 2023, highlights the collaborative efforts of IBCCES, the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), and the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT).

Certification ceremony with IBCCES and EMAAR Hospitality Group

As the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts a record-breaking year for global tourism in 2024, destinations prioritizing accessibility like Dubai stand to benefit the most. Dubai’s well-defined roadmap, demonstrated by their remarkable progress towards becoming the first Certified Autism Destination™ in the Eastern Hemisphere, serves as a valuable blueprint for the industry. Their success story, not only catering to the autistic community but also broadening their tourist base, offers valuable insights and paves the way for a more inclusive future of travel. This commitment to accessibility ensures everyone feels welcome to explore the world.

Awarding of CAC Certificate to The Green Planet

IBCCES has been the leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare, education, and corporate professionals around the globe for more than 20 years. IBCCES is the only global credentialing board providing travel and entertainment organizations with training and certification from subject-matter experts and autistic self-advocates, and other resources, as well as long-term support that helps them understand how to better accommodate and assist autistic or sensory-sensitive visitors and their families.

IBCCES also created, a free online resource for families that lists certified destinations and connects families to other resources and each other. Each destination listed on the site has met the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.


Committed to providing The Global Standard for Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.

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