Middle East/North Africa Region

Special Olympics' work has been expanding rapidly in the Middle East/North Africa Region -- including our Health and Family programs, Athlete Leadership and Unified Sports.
Stories from Middle East/North Africa
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah poses for a selfie with two Special Olympics Abu Dhabi athletes.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led hundreds of people from across the UAE in a Walk Unified event.
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Special Olympics leaders and representatives in a group photo in Africa. A Unified Sports banners is in the background, a country flag is in the foreground.
The Local Organizing Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has announced the 11 Sub-Saharan African nations participating in the World Games held on 14-19 March 2019. A workshop to educate the new member nations on the Games’ values of inclusion and tolerance took place in Nairobi, Kenya. The Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world with more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches from more than 176 nations.
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Two instructors are outside of the pool jumping and a group of athletes are inside of the pool jumping, training with resistance.
Special Olympics Senegal’s athletes are training hard for summer sports in Dakar, with weekly Sunday morning sessions such as these.
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