ABU DHABI, 29th January, 2019 (WAM) — The Department of Energy, DoE, the authority responsible for the leadership and sustainable development of the energy sector in Abu Dhabi, today announced its sponsorship of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
DoE will be the official energy partner of the event, which is being held in Abu Dhabi from 14th to 22nd March 2019, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The department says that its sponsorship of the games, which are expected to attract the participation of thousands of athletes of determination from around the world, forms a tangible component of its keenness and commitment to social responsibility and to empowering all segments of society.
“Our sponsorship of the forthcoming Special Olympics World Games carries a humanitarian message that emphasises the importance of empowering all segments of society and providing them with the opportunity to compete and attain their personal goals. It forms part of our wider objective of utilising our energy resources and harnessing them in the service of sustainable development in the country, in line with the guidance of the leadership and its vision for the future of the energy sector,” said Awaidah Morshed Al Marar, head of the DoE.
“We are keen to support and contribute to the success of activities and events that enhance the role of Abu Dhabi and which promote its international standing. This sponsorship is one of several community initiatives we have engaged in that place a spotlight on our department’s role in enhancing the quality of life standards by providing a healthier environment through minimising energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions. Our sponsorship of the Special Olympics World Games will allow us to move these efforts to a new level and enable us to emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle for all segments of society through the promotion of exercise and sport,” he added.
The sponsorship announcement was signed on the sidelines of a cooperation agreement between the DoE and the Organising Committee for the Games by Mohammed Bin Jarash Al Falasi, Under-Secretary of the Department of Energy and Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Director-General of the Organising Committee for the Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019. The department will coordinate with the committee and provide the necessary support for this global sporting event, which is being hosted in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time.
Commenting on the signing of the agreement, Al Mazrouei, said, “The Department of Energy will play a key role at the World Games and their support will go a long way in ensuring the legacy lives on after the Games come to a close. We are extremely grateful to have them on board on our journey to creating a more inclusive future.”
More than 7,000 athletes from over 170 countries will compete in 24 Olympic disciplines during the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. It is estimated that the number of spectators attending the eight-day event will exceed 45,000, with the tournament also expected to be watched by millions around the world.