Middle East/North Africa

Girl dancing in pink and purple top and skirt on stage.
In honor of International Dance Day, we look back on the Dance Sport Challenge that took place during the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
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Mohammed Mubarak receives an eye screening at Opening Eyes; his face is being pressed against a machine by a volunteer and his eye is being examined and photographed by a machine.
Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi brought together 7,500 athletes and unified partners to compete at their highest ability and break down barriers to full inclusion.
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Volunteers and athletes dance together on the sand at the beach at the 2018 Beach Games in Trinidad.
You can find them at events, in offices and all over social media! Special Olympics volunteers are the motor fueling the movement.
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Three female athletes from the Special Olympics Saudi Arabia team, the young girl in the middle is giving the peace sign with both hands.
It was a moment to remember for Saudi Arabia as the women’s Bocce team took home its first-ever medal at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Khadija standing with her paddle in had ready to play.
Khadija isn’t just competing at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, she is breaking barriers.
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Chaica Al Qassimi giving a speech at the World Games in Abu Dhabi
By Special Olympic athlete, Chaica Al Qassimi, a Technical Officer, Judo, Special Olympics UAE team.
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Sara Mashabek giving the peace sign in her equestrian outfit.
Sara Mashabek’s love of horses could be described as love at first sight.
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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 announced their pledge to implement the Unified Champion Schools program across all public schools.
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