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Special Olympics UAE Football Team Use Chicago Inspiration to Focus on Victory in Abu Dhabi World Games 2019

Ali Al Balushi and his teammates hope to take home the gold next year
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Summer Camp Creates a Generation of Budding Athletes

Participants of the six-week long camp at Dubai Sports World reveal their dreams for the World Games
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Etihad & MCFC Shine Spotlight on Special Olympics 2019

50th Anniversary celebrations include an International Champions Cup match and community festival
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Landmarks Light Up For Inclusion

More than 225 global landmarks turned red to celebrate inclusion
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Abu Dhabi Committee Collaborates with Winter Games Austria organizers

The leaders held a roundtable discussion to highlight key learnings and the next steps of their work collaboration.
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Public Art Commissions Announced to Commemorate World Games

Seven works, representing the seven Emirates, will be chosen from an open call to artists featured at Abu Dhabi Art
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Britain’s Got Talent finalist meets UAE’s people of determination

Kyle Tomlinson was in Abu Dhabi as part of the British Embassy’s celebrations for the Queen’s birthday
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World Games partners with Emaar

The agreement will help launch programmes and initiatives that will enhance the lifestyle and entertainment aspects of the World Games.
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Healthy Athletes conducts thousands of vital medical screenings

913 people with intellectual disabilities from across the 32 countries were treated for dental, vision and podiatry-related issues
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Volleyball Gold Medalist Plays Unified at IX MENA Games

Serbian volleyball star, Vladimir Grbić, first visited Special Olympics seven years ago at the 2011 Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
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Emirati long-distance runner wins gold and the hearts of spectators

Mariam Al Zaabi finishes in first place in her division of 1,500 meter race at New York University Abu Dhabi
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Canadian bowler found friendship and fun in his love for sports

Charles Muir didn’t get into bowling for the thrill of victory – he got into the sport to make friends.
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Libyan track team upset favorites with 7 golds at IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi

The North African team won a flurry of medals, including seven golds, in a number of hotly contested divisions.
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Emirati bowler takes home gold at IX MENA Games 2018

24-year-old Saleh Al Marri continues dominates the lanes with another gold medal in international competition.
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Emirati sprint sensation Hamda Al Hosani takes gold in 100 meter race

The victory establishes Hamda Al Hosani as one of world’s most successful Special Olympics athletes.
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Emirati athletes celebrate victories in table tennis and basketball on day two

Athletes with determination win silver and gold medals alongside able-bodied colleagues in unified couples table tennis teams
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More Than 1,000 Special Olympics Athletes Invited to Free Health Screenings

Local health organizations will provide free health screenings to 1,500 people with intellectual disabilities throughout the Games.
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Spectacular Opening Ceremony lights up Abu Dhabi

Celebration of inclusion, determination and Emirati culture permeated throughout the stunning opening event
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Abu Dhabi Welcomes Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’

The Flame of Hope has been a symbol of respect and inclusion since the inaugural Games in 1968
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Special Olympics: Divisioning Explained

Divisioning allows athletes of all abilities to have an equal chance of succeeding
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What, where, when and how: Special Olympics MENA Games 2018 Abu Dhabi

Get all the details on public access, venue locations and competition timings for the IX MENA Games
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Diego Maradona plays in Fujairah football match for IX MENA Games

The footballing legend joined the Bangladesh delegation as part of the Host Town program
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Local Schools Prepare for the Arrival of their Teams ahead of IX MENA Games

The Adopt a Nation program ensures all Special Olympics teams will have hundreds of fans cheering for them
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Special Olympics UAE Team Makes Final Preparations at Training Camp

With just four days to go until the Games begins, the UAE team of 141 athletes has been hard at work at a training camp in Al Ain
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Libya to send 39 people to Abu Dhabi’s Special Olympics IX MENA Games 2018

Libya’s Special Olympics programme was established in 1998 and has grown to over 10,000 athletes
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IX MENA Games will welcome a record number of female participants

Over 40% of the athletes participating in the upcoming Games will be female
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Algeria to send delegation of 64 people to Abu Dhabi for IX MENA Games

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika pays special attention to the country’s Special Olympics movement
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Al Fahim to provide 85 vehicles to Special Olympics IX MENA Games

The UAE-based company will provide cars to transport Special Olympics committee members, heads of delegations, VIPs and honored guests.
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Latest Memorandum to include Fazaa cards

The agreement aims to create greater inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and implement objectives to improve wellbeing within society.
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Just 10 days until Special Olympics IX MENA Games 2018 Abu Dhabi!

Wednesday 7th March will mark just 10 days to go until the start of Special Olympics IX MENA Games 2018 in Abu Dhabi!
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Elite Triathletes Omar Mour and Andrea Hewitt Train Athletes

4 Special Olympics athletes participate in a triathlon-coaching clinic with professional triathletes at ITU.
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Morocco to participate with 28 athletes at IX MENA Games 2018

The late Princess Lalla Amina was instrumental in supporting the activities of Morocco's Special Olympics team
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Sudan to participate with 12 athletes at Abu Dhabi’s IX MENA Games 2018

Sudanese athletes, 6 male and 6 female, will compete across two sports: athletics and bocce
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32 Palestinian Athletes Will Travel to Abu Dhabi for MENA Games

The delegation will compete across eight sports, including athletics, swimming, and badminton.
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Jordan to Participate with 33 Athletes at IX MENA Games 2018

Established in 1986, Jordan runs the MENA region’s oldest Special Olympics program and has more than 1,000 athletes.
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Egypt to participate with 115 athletes at regional games in Abu Dhabi

The Egyptian delegation aims to continue its success from the last regional games when it won 263 medals.
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Excellencies Join British Ambassador for Fifth “Walk Unified”

The event aims to bring local communities together by encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle and inclusiveness.
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9,000 Volunteers Sign Up to Volunteer for MENA Games

Volunteers will be integral to the success of the Games and are an important step in fulfilling UAE's National Vision 2021
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UAE Residents Needed for Region’s Biggest Ever Volunteer Effort

A further 17,000 volunteers are required for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Etisalat Confirmed as Official Telecoms Partner of Special Olympics

Partnership ensures the thousands of competitors can stay connected with friends and family around the world
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Bahrain to send 31 athletes to next month’s IX MENA Games

Delegation marks the eighth time Bahrain has competed in a Special Olympics regional games.
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Butti al Sheezawi Travels to Los Angeles for NBA All Star Weekend

The Special Olympics UAE basketball star will represent the Middle East at the NBA’s high-profile event.
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Special Olympics Charges into Next 50 Years with Renewed Purpose

50th Anniversary is a turning point for the global movement as it promotes inclusion through sport, health, youth and school engagement
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All 7 Emirates to Take Part in Host Town Programme

The programme aims to promote awareness about people of determination and encourage their inclusion into everyday society.
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Local Schools Partner Participate in Cultural Exchange Programme

Almost 40 schools have signed up for the Adopt a Nation school programme which launched earlier this month.
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Saudi Arabia to Send 26 Athletes to IX MENA Games in Abu Dhabi

The Saudi delegation marks the 19th year that the Kingdom has participated in a Special Olympics games
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Crown Prince attends the first “Walk Unified”

The first-ever Special Olympics “Walk Unified” event takes place at Umm Al Emarat Park.
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Abu Dhabi Youth Council Aims to Empower Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

ADYC will oversee various initiatives to promote unity and inclusion amongst young people with and without intellectual disabilities.
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Special Olympics UAE Activates Healthy Athletes Programme

Over 1,200 athletes will receive health screenings during the upcoming MENA Regional Games in March 2018.
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Special Olympic Golfer teams up with Pablo Larrazabal for Pro-Am

The professional golfer, winner of the 2014 HSBC Championship, plays unified with gold medalist, Munyaradzi Musariri.
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Special Olympics Heads to Abu Dhabi Grand Slam to Recruit Volunteers

The Organizing Committee headed to the Mubadala Arena to recruit volunteers to participate in next years World Games.
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Start the 'Year of Zayed' with a Pledge to Volunteer

3,000 volunteers are needed to support at the Games as part of the biggest humanitarian volunteer programme to date in the UAE
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MENA Games and Emirates Foundation Celebrate International Volunteer Day

Volunteers participated in activities at a Unified Fun Day hosted in Umm Al Emarat Park.
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LuLu Group International Becomes First Official Retail Sponsor

The retail hypermarket chain signed a sponsorship agreement to be the exclusive retail sponsor for the World Games.
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Zayed University Agrees to Assist with Volunteer Training

The school will act as a training venue for volunteers and introduce Special Olympics into its curriculum as part of the agreement.
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Allyson Felix Trains Special Olympics Sprinters

The Olympic champion took part in a Special Olympics takeover at TrainYAS with dozens of athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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World Games Organizing Committee Raises the Flag for Justice and Tolerance

The raising of the flag was especially meaningful as Flag Day represents justice, tolerance, and determination.
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Fazza Urges People to Take Part in Dubai Fitness Challenge

The Crown Prince of Dubai called for people of determination to take part in event which runs for 30 days.
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Abu Dhabi and Austria Organizing Committees Sign MoU

The agreement connects the 2017 World Games host with Abu Dhabi to share knowledge and best practices.
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Official Partners Pledge Support for 2019 Games

Representatives from major global and local organisations met in Abu Dhabi at a Partner Summit to prepare for the World Games.
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Athletes Receive Health Screenings ahead of Games

Over 100 people from the UAE with intellectual disabilities received health screenings courtesy of Special Olympics.
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Dates for 2018 Regional Games Are Announced

The 2018 MENA Regional Games will take place from 17 – 22 March with 1200 athletes from 33 countries participating.
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Official Sponsors for World Summer Games Are Announced

ADNOC and Etihad Airways sign on as official sponsors of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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The Countdown to Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Has Begun

In March 2019, Abu Dhabi will become the first Middle East host of a flagship global sports and humanitarian event.