United Arab Emirates

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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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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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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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).
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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, won a gold medal in the Special Olympics Division 1 category at the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2019.
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