DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. 16 SEPTEMBER 2020. Shaddy Gaad (white vest) and his autistic buddy Omar Al Hashimi (Riding helmet) while cycling by the Creek in Business Bay. Since getting connected through the Rab3i platform which pairs people of determination with regular people who share their interested so they can have normal friends, they have been going out every 10 days to activities like cycling, swimming, playing video games and so on. (Photo: Antonie Robertson/The National) Journalist: Haneen Dajani. Section: National.
Shaddy Gaad, left, meets up regularly with Omar Al Hashimi as part of the Rab3i project. Antonie Robertson / The National

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