Sky News Arabia champions inclusion ahead of opening of Special Olympics World Games

ABU DHABI, 4th March, 2019 (WAM) — Sky News Arabia is putting People of Determination (people with disabilities) at the heart of their coverage of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and will be supporting new initiatives to support employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

The event is taking place for the first time in the Middle East, from 27th February to 21st March, with Sky News Arabia, an official media partner of the Games, providing coverage on all its platforms, including TV, Radio, Online, and Social media. The channel plans a special live broadcast on 13th March as the Torch Run comes to Sky News Arabia studios. It will also broadcast live from the main sports venue, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, where 10 different sports will be taking place between 14 and 21 March.

At ADNEC, Sky News Arabia will also offer media training to People of Determination, coaching young people with intellectual disability in camera operation, lighting and presenting as part of an initiative to give more opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities. The channel’s annual internship programme will also be expanded to offer training for people of determination.


Ali El Garni, Editor in Chief – Sport, Sky News Arabia, said, “Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is one of the biggest events ever to come to the UAE with over 7,500 athletes competing from over 190 countries.

“It promises to be a truly inspirational event and is a fitting way to mark the Year of Tolerance here in the UAE.”

Rashed Abdulla, Chief Commercial Officer Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said, “Sky News Arabia’s support for the World Games is hugely important. Their commitment to comprehensive coverage will help ensure the Special Olympics message of unity and inclusion is brought to millions of households across the Middle East and North Africa.

“Changing perceptions of People of Determination is a key part of the legacy of the World Games and it is through the support of Sky News Arabia and other companies across the UAE that we can create employment opportunities for people with disabilities which will enhance and promote our message of inclusion to the global community.”

Sky News Arabia will also run daily social media contests, with the best Special Olympics images and comments posted online being given the chance to be included in the station’s coverage.

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