Tactile Paving Info

If you are wondering what tactile paving in Dubai is, it refers to the slightly raised domes or metal bars on the road in Dubai, located outside metro stations and public transport facilities. There’s been a lot of discussion regarding the use of metal blocks in Dubai in areas where pedestrian traffic is always high. So, we decided to do some research and learn more about what the metal blocks in Dubai are used for.


In recent months, many public places and some private buildings have started installing tactile paving in Dubai. The purpose of these metal blocks on Dubai roads is to assist visually impaired individuals and signal steps or trip hazards ahead.

You might have seen these textured ground surface indicators at both the Green Line and Red Line Dubai Metro stations. The Dubai tactile paving initiative is no longer limited to metro stations and has now been spotted at shopping centers too.

As per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the initiatives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, efforts are being made to make the UAE a more inclusive society.

People of determination often find it difficult to use stairs or ramps. But placing tactile paving in Dubai empowers them to move around in the city without continued assistance. Tactile flooring is also helpful in places where handrails and other safety systems cannot be installed.

Braille blocks are also being installed in private buildings in Dubai


Most facilities operated by the RTA already have metal blocks in Dubai. This includes the different modes of transportation (bus, metro and ferry) and footbridges. The latest project is the installation of tactile paving in the Jumeirah district. We are likely to see an increase in the use of tactile paving.

Furthermore, Dubai Municipality has also taken up this noble cause and fitted tactile paving across all its centers including those in Al Kifaf, Al Manara, Al Twar and Hatta. Many shopping malls, schools and hospitals have also voluntarily installed tactile paving in Dubai as well.


Of course, yes. Many of the recently constructed buildings (both commercial and residential) use tactile paving. It was reported that the government is assessing and assisting over 23,000 building to make the change. They are finding a way to make these buildings friendlier for people of determination and placing tactile blocks is one way of doing it.

Tactile sidewalks are likely to be introduced in Dubai soon


Tactile textures provide warnings by distinctive surface patterns. These could be in the shape of domes, cones or bars and can be detected via a long cane or while underfoot. They alert the user of an approaching hazardous surface or a grade change. So, when an individual is approaching a ramp, an escalator, an elevator or a staircase or a metro platform, tactile paving provides him or her an indication that the surface level will change soon. Hence, they also known as braille blocks.

These are some of the messages pedestrians can get with the Braille blocks in Dubai:
• Raised lines tell the user that they can continue their walk.
• The small bumps are a signal to stop. This is the point where the user can expect a curb or edge.

There is a set standard for dots and line worldwide on a basic level. However, in some cities, different tactile paving types have been introduced. Colors are also used to assist people with limited vision capabilities. These are also known as smart tactile paving.

This is a great initiative to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are met. On the whole, the idea of installing metal blocks can be viewed as an investment for people of determination. The happiness initiatives taken in Dubai would be incomplete if any subgroups in the society are left behind. By investing in tactile paving in Dubai, the government is implementing steps to achieve the long-term goals laid out by the Ministry of Happiness.

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