14 young adults with a diverse range of disabilities helped to deliver a successful Airport Show in Dubai, as part of Reed Exhibitions Middle East’s latest inclusive internship programme.
The programme was organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East in partnership with the Abu Dhabi based SEDRA Foundation, a non-profit organisation which works with public and private institutions to empower children, teenagers and adults with disabilities and their families.
The interns were involved in several show activities including giving out lanyards and brochures, scanning visitor badges, distributing invitations and conference programs, assisting the Reed Exhibitions Middle East exhibitor services team, as well as supporting the German and French Pavilions at the event. They described their experience as part of Reed's professional team as motivating, exciting, educational – and exhausting!
"It was beyond our expectations that the young people could perform with this much confidence. This is part of our programme to develop their vocational skills through real work experience and will help them explore their latent talent and abilities, which will give them the confidence to pursue a career and facilitate their inclusion in the society," said Reem Al Fahim, CEO of SEDRA. "It was exciting to see how their confidence grew over the span of the project. They teamed up very well with their co-workers from all exhibition areas and blended beautifully within the larger exhibition team."
Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibitions Director added: "The interns performed spectacularly, always smiling and ready to assist our team across all fronts. We were impressed with their positive work ethic and are extremely grateful to all the interns for their fantastic on-site support. We look forward to working with them again soon and hope we have set a good example for other organisations in our community to run similar inclusion programmes."