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Spectacular Closing Ceremony Celebrates Legacy Of World Games Abu Dubai And Achievements Of Thousands Of Athletes And Volunteers

Seven days of sporting achievement, thousands of athletes and volunteers, dozens of events, countless displays of bravery, and millions of smiles.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dubai 2019 Celebrates Laying Foundation For Legacy Of Inclusion And A More Unified Tomorrow

A series of social initiatives that will establish the legacy of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 have been announced by dignitaries and leading figures from the UAE and Special Olympics.

World Down Syndrome Day

First person’s piece of the Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team

“Nothing Is Impossible For Me,” Says Visually Imparied Special Olympics Team New Zealand Swimmer

"Give it your best and do not underestimate your own abilities!”

Priceless Memories From World Games Abu Dhabi Mean More Than Medals For UAE Swimmer

Rebecca Hatcher might not have a gold, silver or a bronze medal to wear on her journey home from the World Games, instead she’ll take with her priceless memories and new friendships.

Victory At World Games Means More Than Medals For Coach Of UAE Women’s Unified Football Teams

Houriya Taheri knows how the power of sport can change people’s lives for the better.

Abandoned Special Olympics Bharat Athlete Shows Strength To Win Four Silvers

A young Special Olympics Bharat (India) athlete who was abandoned by her parents did her country proud yesterday by winning four silvers in the powerlifting competitions at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Global Music Superstars To Perform At Spectacular Closing Ceremony For World Games Abu Dhabi

Some of the biggest names in world music will perform at the spectacular Closing Ceremony for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Age Is Just A Number For 77-year-old Unified Partner Roland Foerster

It’s not everyday you see athletes in their 70s competing in a global sporting competition – that is until you meet Roland Foerster.

Expo 2020 Dubai Team Supports Special Olympics With Volunteers While Picking Up Key Learnings

Expo 2020 Dubai team members have lent their support as volunteers at Special Olympics World Games 2019 this. Based at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) the volunteers have used the opportunity to take away key learnings from the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year

Poverty No Barrier To Success For Special Olympics Athlete Jitendra Patwal

Jitendra Patwal faced struggles in his preparation for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 that would make most athletes give up on their dreams.

Thousands Of Volunteers Help To Keep The Games In Play At Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019

While the athletes celebrate their sporting victories, coaches draw up their game plans and spectators cheer from the stands, thousands of volunteers are hard at work making sure Special Olympics World Games 2019 is an incredible success.

Former Refugee Inspired By His Teammates And Athletes Of Determination At World Games

When Gerald Mballe, 20-years-old, escaped his homeland for a better life, he never thought he would be representing his adopted nation at a global sporting event four years later.

Smiles, And Medals, All Round After Double Success For Team Gb Siblings At World Games

There’ll be plenty of smiles in the Henaghan household when Team Great Britain Special Olympics judo athletes Daniel and Denise bring their medals home.

Zimbabwe President Surprises Zimbabwe Team At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The Special Olympics Zimbabwe golf team was treated to a surprise visit by State President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, at Yas Links Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, yesterday.

Music Superstars To Join Athletes At Spectacular Closing Ceremony For World Games Abu Dhabi

Some of the biggest names in the world of music will perform at the spectacular Closing Ceremony for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

UAE Football Team Secures Another Victory At World Games

The Special Olympics UAE Football team continued its impressive winning streak by beating Korea in the team’s opening match of the second round 11-a-side football competition.

Papua New Guinea Completes Hat-trick Of Shot-put Medals At World Games Abu Dhabi

Athletes from Papua New Guinea (PNG) enjoyed a clean sweep of medals at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

NFL Stars Jamaal Charles And Joe Haden Make It A Day To Remember For Special Olympics Athletes

NFL stars Jamaal Charles and Joe Haden were the latest sports personalities to pass on their knowledge to a group of Special Olympics athletes as part of a Unified Sports Experience.

Legend Allyson Felix Trains Alongside Special Olympic Athletes

A group of Special Olympic athletes had a day to remember as they trained alongside multiple Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix in a Unified Sprint Clinic at Dubai Police Academy Stadium, today (17 March).

Pakistani Sprinter’s “dreams Come True” After Winning Bronze Medal At World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

For Syeda Kazim, winning a bronze medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was ‘like a dream coming true”.

Months Of Hard Work Helps Saudi Arabia Powerlifter Win Gold Medal At World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Saudi Arabia Special Olympics Team powerlifter Hassan Alhadhariti was thrilled to see months of hard work pay off as he won the gold medal in his weight division.

Emirati Star Bowler Saleh Al Marri Wants To Win Gold For ‘abu Khalid’ And UAE

Emirati bowling star, Saleh Al Marri, wants to make a big impact at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 in honor of “Abu Khalid”.

Hamda Al Hosani Is The Golden Girl Again For UAE At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The UAE’s Hamda Al Hosani will have to make room for another medal in her cabinet after winning gold in the 200m final at Special Olympics World Games.

UAE Women’s Basketball Teams Triumphant On Day Two Of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Host nation, UAE, added another two gold medals to its tally as the unified female basketball team (division 1) and traditional female team (division 3) both overcame their opponents on day two of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

UAE Men’s Football Team Celebrate Another Victory At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The UAE men’s unified 11-a-side football team ended the group stage on a winning note as the hosts defeated Jamaica at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

New Permanent Public Artworks In Abu Dhabi To Deliver A Lasting Legacy Of Inclusion

Six major public artworks commissioned by Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to celebrate people of determination were unveiled at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, as part of the legacy of the Games, today.

Emirati Bocce Star Mahmoud Jarour Has His Sights Set On The Gold Medal – And A Visit To The Palace

Mahmoud Jarour wants to win a gold medal in bocce at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 – and when he does, he hopes to personally give it to the leaders of the UAE.

Team Gb Cycling Star Kiera Byland Takes Gold Medal In Her First Race At World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

British cycling star Kiera Byland won a gold medal for Team GB in her opening race at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Healthy Athletes Program Conducts Thousands Of Vital Medical Screenings At World Games Abu Dhabi

Thousands of athletes from all over the world, along with people with intellectual disabilities from the local community, have received life-changing medical checks, health screenings and advice as part of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Legends Didier Drogba And Cafu Play Alongside Special Olympics Footballers At Unified Sports Clinic

Rain didn’t dampen the spirits as football legends Didier Drogba and Cafu played alongside Special Olympic athletes in a unified match on the opening day of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

INVITE: Special Olympics Public Art Reveal

The Cultural Olympiad press conference for the World Games on 16 March will present the key themes, entertaining and educational activities and events promoting an inclusive society that will be a part of the Cultural Olympiad to take place alongside Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 this March.

Electrifying And Inspiring Opening Ceremony Signals Start Of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi In Breathtaking Style

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced the start of Special Olympics World Games 2019 at a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Zayed Sports City on Wednesday.

Now United To Perform At World Games’ Opening Ceremony Pre-show

Now United, the global pop group featuring 14 singing and dancing artists from 14 different countries will headline tonight’s (14 March) Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 pre-show.

Special Olympics athletes will play alongside NFL stars, football legends and Olympians at World Games

Special Olympics athletes will have the chance to show off their sporting skills alongside a number of NFL players, football legends and Olympians at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 as part of a series of Unified Sports Experiences.

Healthy Athletes Opens At Special Oylmpics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Special Olympics USA athlete Hanna Atkinson formally opens Healthy Athletes at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Special Olympics Athletes Presented With Smart Watches To Monitor Health And Fitness At World Games

The thousands of athletes from across the globe set to participate in Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be able to monitor their performance, keep track of their achievements and stay fit and healthy using the very latest wearable sporting technology.

Stunning Flypast Opens Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Opening Ceremony Pre-show

Spectators witnessed a spectacular flypast during the pre-show Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 today (Thursday 14 March).

Healthy Athletes Opens At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Special Olympics USA athlete Hanna Atkinson formally opens Healthy Athletes at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 at a ribbon cutting ceremony on 13 March.

Oman Football Team Starts Its World Games Journey On A Winning Note

The Special Olympics Oman team could not have asked for a better start to its Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 journey after beating Rwanda 8-0 today (13 March).

Special Correspondents For World Games Abu Dhabi Meet Uk’s Somerset Cricket Team

With the start of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 just a few days away, the World Games’ team of special correspondents sat down to meet the players and coaches of Somerset Cricket Club.

Special Olympics Sailing Teams Practise Ahead Of World Games

The sailing teams began their preparations yesterday (Tuesday 12 March) ahead of their divisioning rounds for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 To Host Biggest Dance Sport Challenge Contest

Football pitches, basketball courts, swimming pools, running tracks, and dance floors. The action at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 isn’t restricted to traditional sporting competitions.

Inclusive Art Gallery At Emirates Palace Puts Special Olympics Legacy In The Frame

Photographs, paintings, sculptures and artworks created by artists with and without intellectual disabilities will be displayed at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace hotel as part of an Inclusive Art Gallery project.

Competition Schedule For Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Live On World Games’ App

The full schedule of all competitions that will take place at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is now available on the official app which can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Launches Official Pop Anthem Produced By Grammy Award Winner, Greg Wells

A number of widely acclaimed music stars and producers, including Grammy Award winner for The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, Music Producer, Greg Wells, and Honorary Executive Producer and 28-time Grammy Winner, Quincy Jones, have come together to create the official song for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Special Olympics Flame Of Hope Lights Up Dubai For The Second Day In A Row

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run continued its journey across the UAE on day seven (10 March) as the Flame of Hope visited landmark locations in Dubai for the second day in a row.

How To Watch Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Viewers can watch Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 on a variety of platforms in what will be the most comprehensive live coverage of a World Games ever.

Run Alongside Special Olympics Athletes At The Official World Games 2019 Half Marathon

Members of the UAE’s running community can show their support for inclusion by joining Special Olympics athletes on 16 March when they take to the track for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Half Marathon competition.

Special Olympics Divisioning Explained

Thousands of athletes of determination have started arriving in the UAE ahead of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and are gearing up for one of Special Olympics’ most unique elements of the Games, ‘divisioning’.

UAE Red Crescent Supports Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Red Crescent to support the World Games, which will be held from 14 – 21 March across nine venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

UAE Wins Gold For Triathlon At First Competition Of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Micah Hambleton, 16, who is representing the UAE, took home gold in Division 1 of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Triathlon competition, this morning.

Official App For Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Is Now Available For Download

The official Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 app is now available to download for Android and iOS users.

The UAE Hosts The World

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and Host Town committees of each emirate, is preparing to host the world from 8 - 11 March.

Sporting superstars deliver the ultimate Pep Talk to athletes ahead of the Special Olympics

Some of the most iconic managers, coaches and athletes in the world – including Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate – have come together to deliver the ultimate team talk ahead of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. The cast of sporting superstars shine a light on intellectual disability and highlight even those we now deem to be invincible have had to overcome their own challenges.

Avril Lavigne, Paul Oakenfold And Hussain Al Jassmi Among Music Stars To Perform At Opening Ceremony Of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

A stellar line-up of world-renowned musicians has been revealed for the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Special Olympics Employs Three People Of Determination As Journalists For World Games

Young people of determination will form part of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019’s media team after three individuals were recruited to cover the upcoming event in March.

Special Olympics Flame Of Hope Lights Up The Highest Mountain In The UAE On Day Two Of The Torch Run

Day two (5 March) of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run saw the Flame of Hope lit on the UAE’s highest mountain, yesterday.

World Games Countdown Is Officially On As New Zealand Becomes The First Delegation To Arrive In The UAE

The Special Olympics New Zealand team is the first full delegation to arrive in the UAE ahead of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 kicking off in less than 10 days.

Special Olympics Flame Of Hope Burns Bright In Fujairah For First Day Of Torch Run

Day one of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run saw the Flame of Hope burning bright across the streets of Fujairah as members of the local community turned up at landmarks across the emirate in support of inclusion and unity.

Nicole Scherzinger, Alain Bernard And Ibtihaj Muhammad Among Latest Stars To Confirm Attendance At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Fans and athletes can look forward to seeing a whole host of famous faces at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Several more celebrities and sports personalities have been confirmed to attend the highly anticipated event from 14 – 21 March.

Egyptian Triathlon Star Donates Running Shoes To Special Olympics Uae Triathletes Ahead Of World Games Debut

Special Olympics World Games Ambassador and Egyptian professional triathlete and adventurer, Omar Nour, gave athletes from the Special Olympics UAE triathlon team a special gift to help them run their way to success at the World Games this March.

Fans Invited To Experience Special Olympics In 360° Through First-ever Virtual Reality Platform Launched By A World Games

For the first time in Special Olympics history, people will be able to experience the excitement of a World Games unfold in 360° Virtual Reality prior to and during Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, which takes place from 14 – 21 March.

UAE Entities Pledge To Cheer On Athletes From More Than 190 Nations As Special Olympics World Games Launches ‘fans In The Stands’ Program

People across the UAE are being encouraged to turn out in full force to cheer on the 7,500 athletes from more than 190 nations who will be competing at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 as part of the Fans in the Stands (FITS) initiative.

Didier Drogba, Dikembe Mutombo And Michelle Kwan Among A Host Of Celebrities Lined Up For Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

• Football legends Romario, Cafu and Didier Drogba to attend the Games • Michelle Kwan, Dikembe Mutombo, Vladimir Grbic, and Apolo Ohno just some of the Special Olympics Global Ambassadors planning to be in the UAE for the event • Family of Special Olympics founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to celebrate 50-years of the movement at the Games in Abu Dhabi

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 partners with SAS to create data-driven legacy of inclusion

SAS will support the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to analyze data sources and drive intelligent event insights pre, post and during the event

11-a-side football draw is revealed for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The nations competing in the men’s 11-a-side football competition of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 found out which teams they will play after the official draw took place.

Last Opportunity To Show Your Artistic Skills In A Free Workshop This Saturday

The last Unified Art Workshop will take place in Abu Dhabi this Saturday (February 23) where budding young artists across the UAE are invited to join People of Determination and showcase their creative skills.

20,000 People Register Interest To Help Stage 2019’s Biggest Sports And Humanitarian Event

Over 20,000 people have registered to volunteer at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and help stage what will be the biggest sports and humanitarian event of the year.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Sports Competitions Will Be Free To Attend

Spectator registration for the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, is now live.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Torch Run To Visit Iconic Locations Across All Seven Emirates

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyank, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt General, the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run will tour all seven emirates for ten days from 4 – 13 March.

Opening Ceremony Tickets Go Live For Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Tickets have been released for the highly anticipated Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Spectacular Opening Ceremony planned for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

In less than 50 days, on 14 March, the eyes of the entire world will be firmly fixed on Abu Dhabi as the UAE sends a message of inclusion to people across the globe with a spectacular Opening Ceremony for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 at Zayed Sports City.

Youth Leaders To Gather In Abu Dhabi To Promote Inclusion Around The World

More than 150 young and adult leaders with and without intellectual disabilities from over 35 countries will come together in Abu Dhabi this March to share and develop their ideas for a more inclusive world.

Prometheus Medical to assist with critical medical support for 7,500 athletes at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has signed a partnership with Prometheus Medical as Official Supplier, that will ensure crucial access to medical support for People of Determination at the upcoming World Games.

Hadef & Partners signs Memorandum of Understanding with Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

Leading UAE law firm, Hadef & Partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become the official legal supporter of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Watch how People Defy the Odds to Achieve the Impossible in Two Inspiring Documentaries

I’ll Push You and Stumped are part of the Determined! documentary series, which tells fascinating stories of those with disabilities

People of determination and community members come together for Hike Unified

Citizens and residents of the UAE hiked alongside People of Determination for the launch of Hike Unified, this weekend.

Nick Watson and special olympics athletes participate in Dubai fitness challenge

Nick Watson of triathlon ‘Team Angel Wolf’ is partnering with Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019...

11 African Nations Sign up for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced that 11 new Sub-Saharan African nations have signed up for Special Olympics programs and will be participating in the World Games in March 2019.

Over 100 Special Olympics delegations visit the UAE ahead of World Games

Heads of Delegations (HOD) for Special Olympics programs across the world are currently in Abu Dhabi for a seminar which aims to ensure delegations are fully prepared ahead of Special Olympics World Games 2019.

Young artists from UAE invited to take part in empowering and creative Unified Art Workshops

Legacy initiative champions inclusivity of Special Olympics World Games

Dubai Police and Meydan Group sign MoU to provide horses for equestrian competition at World Games

170 horses will be transported to Al Forsan International Sports Resort for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

So UAE athletes at Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis For Future Generations

SPECIAL OLYMPICS UAE ATHLETES TAKE PART IN UNIFIED GAMES AT SHEIKH MOHAMED BIN ZAYED MAJLIS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Sign up to volunteer at 2019’s biggest sports and humanitarian event

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 volunteer registration event takes place at Yas Mall this weekend with activities for all the family to enjoy

Mubadala partners with Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 for new Al Jazira FC jersey logo

Mubadala, in partnership with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and Al Jazira FC, has revealed the club’s new season jerseys incorporating the logo of the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in a unique design. The jerseys will be worn for the first time at the opening match of the Arabian Gulf League on Saturday (31 August 2018) between Al Jazira FC and Shabab Al Ahli FC, and the logo will appear on the jerseys for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
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Special Olympics UAE Football Team receives warm welcome at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

Following their strong performance in Chicago at the first Special Olympics Unified Cup, the Special Olympics UAE men’s football team received a warm welcome from players and fans alike as the squad attended the highly-anticipated Arabian Gulf League fixture between Al Ain and Shabab Al Ahli on Friday evening.
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Al Masaood to Support the Operations of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 welcomes new partner Al Masaood
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UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Visits Special Olympics USA Training Camp

UAE Ambassador joins Special Olympics USA athletes during their drills and activities at training camp in Delaware.
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Special Olympics World Games signs MoU with UANOC

Special Olympics World Games to work with Union of Arab National Olympic Committee to recruit referees for the Games.
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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.