Middle East/North Africa

Special Olympics United Arab Emirate’s Unified 3x3 Basketball team earned a place in the finals of The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3X3 Basketball tournament organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council on Hudayriyat MarVista on 22 October 2021.
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Omar Al Shami proudly represented his country, the United Arab Emirates, at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, and achieved a gold medal in the swimming competition. Omar is also a member of Special Olympics UAE’s Unified Youth Council, a Health Messenger advocating for swimming and fitness, works with the Unified Schools program, and speaks at various large-scale events.
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There isn’t just one word to describe Dina Galal, a woman of many talents.
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Special Olympics UAE, Special Olympics Kuwait Sign MoU in preparation for World Winter Games Kazan 2023.
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Recently, Special Olympics Oman connected through a virtual gardening session.
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Special Olympics MENA youth are prioritizing the inclusion of persons with disabilities as a critical need of the hour.
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Cairo student Farah, whose sister Hana has intellectual disability, aims to spread inclusion at her university and within her community through Special Olympics Unified activities.
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During the pandemic, Special Olympics Chile coordinated with Chile's National Ministry of Education to create a virtual physical education curriculum for students of all abilities.
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Special Olympics Morocco is meshing inclusion efforts with Moroccan culture through weekly "Walk and Talks" with athletes and Unified partners.
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The three-day 2020 Special Olympics MENA Regional Youth Leadership Summit brought together youth with and without intellectual disabilities from 8 Special Olympics programs, watch the highlights here.