Middle East/North Africa Region
Since 1999, Special Olympics' work has been expanding rapidly in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA). Special Olympics MENA holds a successful track record of Regional Games since 1999, award-winning World Games in 2019, the first-ever Pan African Games 2020, Unified Sports, and local and regional competitions that build inclusion, truly led by the athletes. Beyond sport, year-round activities of Special Olympics MENA activate siblings, youth, health practitioners in all fields, families, young athletes, volunteers, supporters, change agents, and people from all walks of life to create regional impact that drives the global movement of inclusion.
Stories from Middle East/North Africa
The Play Unified: Learn Unified project in Morocco is driving inclusive education policy.3 Min Read
In February 2021, Youth Leaders in Egypt planned and participated in the country's first ever Unified Fitness Challenge.2 Min Read
Ben McBride, Special Olympics UAE Football Coach, Regularly Welcomes Hundreds of Athletes to Virtual Training Sessions
Ben McBride is a volunteer football (soccer) coach from Special Olympics UAE. Prior to joining Special Olympics UAE as a Coach, Ben organized various sports programs for athletes of determination* for over 15 years.2 Min Read
Middle East/North Africa Contact Information
Special Olympics Middle East/North Africa (SO MENA) resources.