Spectators witnessed a spectacular flypast during the pre-show Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 today (Thursday 14 March).
Etihad Airways, the official airline partner of the World Games, took to the skies and released the UAE flag colours of red, green, white and black as it flew past Zayed Sports City Stadium.

The pre-show also saw pop band, Now United, take to the stage in front of thousands of fans.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will officially open later and will see more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations compete. The athletes will be competing in 24 Olympic-style sports in nine venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.