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About the Event

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world, it welcomed 7,000 athletes from more than 170 nations to participate in 24 officially-sanctioned Olympic-style sports from 14-21 March 2019.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the first ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa, and will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 forms an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.

In the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, athletes competed in 24 different individual and team sports. Special Olympics celebrates all athletes with intellectual disabilities (ID), regardless of their level of ability.

Beyond Games
Special Olympics goes beyond games. It is a humanitarian movement that takes place 365 days a year through sports related activities. The aim is to deliver a range of programmes that champion inclusion beyond the games


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