What You Need To Know About This Special Sports Event Happening In The UAE Next Month

Over 20,000 people have signed up to help for the event, making it the largest volunteer programme in the UAE to date. In total, 40 percent of Emiratis registered as volunteers followed by Indian and Egyptian nationals.

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With an expected 7,000 athletes from 170 countries expected to participate, the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events to take place in the UAE.

Happening from 14th to 21st March, the event will showcase the competitive talents of people with learning disabilities through Olympic-type individual and team sports.

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Tickets have been released for the highly anticipated Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics @WorldGamesAD 2019. ⠀ ⠀ The Opening Ceremony will take place at @ZayedSportsCity Stadium on Thursday 14 March from 5pm and is set to be a spectacular celebration of humanity at its brilliant best. ⠀ ⠀ Spectators will witness the largest number of nations take part in a parade at a Special Olympics Opening Ceremony as each athlete prepares to showcase their sporting talent on a global stage. ⠀ ⠀ The athletes will be accompanied by a number of international celebrities and sporting heroes who are passionate about driving the Special Olympics movement forward.⠀ ⠀ Opening Ceremony tickets are priced at AED 100 and can be purchased via meetthedetermined.com ⠀ (link in bio) ⠀ ⠀ #MeetTheDetermined: March 14-21 ⠀ @WorldGamesAD #AbuDhabi2019 #BeUnified ‏سينطلق الأولمبياد الخاص الألعاب العالمية أبوظبي 2019 بحضور 40,000 متفرج في مدينة زايد الرياضية في 14 مارس. سيشاهد الملايين الألعاب العالمية وستكون أبوظبي محط أنظار الجميع. ‏اشتروا تذاكركم الآن: ‏ – ⁦‪meetthedetermined.com‬⁩

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That the UAE has been promoting inclusion and integrating people with special needs into the community only makes this one-of-a-kind event more fitting.

It also perfectly matches the country’s 2019 ‘Year of Tolerance’ theme.

So with only a few weeks before competition heats up, here are some of the things we know thus far about the upcoming spectacle…


Over 20,000 people have signed up to help for the event, making it the largest volunteer programme in the UAE to date. In total, 40 percent of Emiratis registered as volunteers followed by Indian and Egyptian nationals.

More than half of those who registered are female. Incidentally, this year’s event will witness a record-breaking number of female athletes – more than 3,200 – joining the competitions.

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We are happy to announce the achievement of over 20,000 registered volunteers for the World Games. This marks a major milestone for the #UAE as it is the largest number of volunteers to participate in an event! Volunteer registration is now closed but please stay tuned for information on how to attend the Special Olympics World Games. See you at the Games! #MeetTheDetermined⁣ #BeUnified ⁣ سعداء للغاية لوصولنا للعدد المطلوب من المتطوعين – 20,000 متطوع للألعاب العالمية! يمثل وصولنا لهذا العدد من المتطوعين إنجازًا لدولتنا الحبيبة كونه أكبر عدد من المتطوعين يشارك في حدث عالمي كالأولمبياد الخاص الألعاب العالمية أبوظبي 2019. ⁣ باب التسجيل للمتطوعين أغلق، ترقبوا كيفية حضور الأولمبياد الخاص الألعاب العالمية. نلقاكم في الألعاب! ⁣ ⁣ #ها_هم_أصحاب_الهمم

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Parade ceremony

The opening ceremony on 14th March will take place at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. A spectacular parade will allow spectators to see all the participating athletes. Also taking part in the ceremony are international celebrities and sporting heroes. Tickets to the opening event are available for AED 100 at www.ticketmaster.ae and www.meetthedetermined.com

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🎟Get your tickets to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony now! ⁣ ⁣ #MeetTheDetermined: At 5pm on Thursday March 14, all eyes will be on Abu Dhabi as the marvel of the opening ceremony encapsulates the spirit, drive and passion of athletes of determination as they prepare to take part in the largest sporting event ever held for sportsmen and women with intellectual disabilities. ⁣ ⁣ 🎟 ➡ buy tickets in link in bio.⁣ ⁣ 🎟احصل على تذاكر حفل افتتاح الأولمبياد الخاص الألعاب العالمية الآن! ⁣ ⁣ #ها_هم_أصحاب_الهمم: تعرف على أصحاب الهمم المشاركين في الأولمبياد الخاص يوم الخميس 14 مارس الساعة 5 مساءً. ستجذب أبوظبي أنظار الجميع خلال هذه المراسم، وسيلقى أصحاب الهمم التشجيع الذي يستحقونه لمشاركتهم في أكبر حدث رياضي منظم لذوي الإعاقات الذهنية. ⁣ ⁣ #كلنا_معًا #أبوظبي2019 #الألعاب_العالمية_أبوظبي #الإمارات_تستضيف_العالم #عام_التسامح #ها_هم_أصحاب_الهمم #الأولمبياد_الخاص ⁣ #AbuDhabi2019 #BeUnified #SpecialOlympics #WorldGamesAD #PeopleOfDetermination #InAbuDhabi #InnovationForInclusion #YearOfTolerance #AbuDhabi #UAE⁣ #UAEHostsTheWorld #FlameOfHope #Tickets #GetTickets #InAbuDhabi #ZayedSportsCity @zayedsportscity @worldgamesad

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Multiple venues

The games will be held in different venues including Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and Hamdan Sports Complex and Dubai Police Club Stadium in Dubai.

Torch tour

The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run will tour all seven emirates for ten days.

The official torch will arrive into Abu Dhabi Airport from Athens via Etihad Airways on 28th February before the torch run begins at Wadi Al Wurayah Waterfalls in Fujairah at 9am on 4th March.

The torch will then travel to Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah, spending a day visiting iconic landmarks in each of the four Emirates including Jebel Jais, Fujairah Fort, Al Majaz Waterfront and Al Thiqa Club, a Sharjah-based club set up to support people with special needs, which also serves as a training venue for some of UAE’s Special Olympics athletes.

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#Repost @zayedsportscity ・・・ Be part of the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony at Zayed Sports City Stadium as the UAE sends a message of inclusion to people around the world. 7,500 athletes from more than 190 nations will come together in front of 40,000 spectators to mark the official start of the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year. Get your tickets on @ticketmasterme. . كن جزءًا من حفل الافتتاح للأولمبياد الخاص الألعاب العالمية أبوظبي 2019 والذي سيقام في استاد مدينة زايد الرياضية. وتعد ألعاب الأولمبياد الخاص حدثاً رياضياً إنسانياً يجمع أصحاب الهمم (ذوي الإعاقة الذهنية) من جميع أنحاء العالم لتعزيز اندماجهم في المجتمع. وستكون دورة الألعاب العالمية في أبوظبي الحدث الأكثر وحدة وتضامناً حيث تستقبل رياضيين من أكثر من 170 دولة، لتكسر بذلك سجل الدول المشاركة في تاريخ ألعاب الأولمبياد الخاص. احصلوا على تذاكر الحفل من تيكيت ماستر . @uaeso @specialolympics #ZayedSportsCity #InAbuDhabi

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The torch will then spend two days in Dubai where it will be carried past several attractions including the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Frame, Al Seef Village and the Atlantis Hotel, with a ceremony in Burj Park at 5.20pm on Sunday 10th March.

After Dubai, the torch will spend a day each in Al Ain and Al Dhafra before concluding its route in Abu Dhabi with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Founder’s Memorial, Abu Dhabi Louvre and other iconic city locations.


Free entry

The games are free to attend. However, registration is a must at www.meetthedetermined.com. Once registered, residents will have access to the World Games festival areas with entertainment and will be updated on the schedule and timings of the games. On-site registration facilities will be available at the venues although organisers are encouraging the public to sign-up online to save time.


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