Middle East/North Africa

Saleh Al Marri in his lane, bowling as spectators watch in the background.
Saleh Al Marri set a high goal for himself—and reached it.
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Athletes and representatives together in a group in front of a Unified Champions Schools and World Games 2019 logo backdrop.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced their pledge to implement the Unified Champion Schools (UCS) program across all public schools.
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In the wake of the deadly shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, athletes from Special Olympics New Zealand and Special Olympics United Arab Emirates, along with leaders of Special Olympics, gathered at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
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Inclusion in UAE
People with intellectual disabilities are changing hearts and minds in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In March 2019 the UAE will host the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the largest sport and humanitarian event of the year.
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Saleh is a United Arab Emirates athlete leader who is excited to welcome athletes from around the globe for the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East!
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Michael and Jonah Hambleton standing with their arms around one another both with credentials around their necks.
Micah Hambleton, 16, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), won a gold medal in the Special Olympics Division 1 category at the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Law Enforcement Torch Run logo in blue, red, and white with the Special Olympics logo.
Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created the first Torch Run in 1981 and founded Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
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Briton outside under a tree smiling and looking up.
Briton Conor Conway has lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for three years and will represent his adopted home at the World Games.
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Clara on the court with a tennis racket swinging at the ball.
Clara is one of only three people with Down Syndrome in the world officially certified as a Zumba instructor.
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Athlete holding a gold medal between his teeth; smiling; proud.
At Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Over 190 nations will showcase the transformative power of sport at the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.
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