Special Olympics World Games 2019 Abu Dhabi

As part of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, designed to further peaceful co-existence across the country, this month will see the 50th Special Olympics World Games 2019 take place in Abu Dhabi.

Held between 14th and 21st March, the largest sports and social inclusion event on the planet will showcase determined sports men and women battling it out for gold, silver and bronze, as they test their sporting talents by representing their country on the global stage.

The games will feature over 7,500 athletes, from 190 nations competing side-by-side across 24 Olympic-style sports. Centred around Special Olympics Unified competitions, building camaraderie and global relations between athletes and nations, this is the first time the games will take place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

All of the live action will be broadcast worldwide, spreading awareness of the UAE and placing positive focus on people of determination. The historic event will kick off with a three-hour Opening Ceremony at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, which will include performances from global musical and performance artists, special guests and most of all, inspiring and determined individuals.

As champions for Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the UAE and across the MENA region, the Shamal team is proud to be involved with the games, which promotes athletes with intellectual disabilities. Our Chief Financial Officer and avid golfer, Adam Grundy, will be participating the Play United Golf Event at Yas Links Golf Course in Abu Dhabi on the 13th March 2019, playing alongside golfers from the Special Olympics.

Yas Links Golf Course Abu Dhabi Play Unified 2019

Many of our team members will also be attending the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 14th March, plus various events throughout the games. We will update our blog and social channels with more photos and information from our team as the games progress.

Shamal wishes everyone participating, organising, volunteering and working at the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi, the very best of luck.

For more information about other events taking place as part of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, check out this recent article from The National, or visit the UAE government’s website for official details and ways to get involved.