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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates hosted the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games were held March of 2019. Abu Dhabi is the first place in the Middle East-North Africa Region to be host of a Special Olympics World Games. Learn more

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
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