UAE Red Crescent Supports Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

​ ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2019 (WAM) — The Local Organizing Committee,LOC, of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding,MoU, with Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, to support the World Games, which will be held from 14 – 21 March across nine venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

ERC is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization that provides assistance to all segments of society.

As part of the MoU, ERC will support the LOC by promoting the World Games across its social media platforms, with the aim of encouraging UAE residents to attend the Games and support the 7,500 plus athletes of determination. ERC is also providing 80 female volunteers who will be a part of the official Opening Ceremony.


Mohammed Abdullah Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “Government entities and private companies have been incredibly supportive of the Special Olympics movement. Emirates Red Crescent is a unique addition to our roster of supporters but one that aligns completely with the values of Special Olympics and the UAE.”

“We are a few steps away from a new era for Special Olympics, and our partners’ solidarity and commitment to empowering people of determination will be a key indicator that we have successfully hosted a world-class event with an incredibly important message.”

Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of ERC, spoke of the kindness of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC, for establishing meaningful and constructive partnerships between ERC and institutions in the UAE to enhance cooperation in all humanitarian fields and promote inclusion and solidarity.

“The MoU signed today between the two sides allows for wider cooperation and coordination between ERC and the LOC to ensure the success of the World Games in a manner that meets the expectations of the wise leadership in organizing this important event”.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will see more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations compete in 24 Olympic-style sports. It will be the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019. From 14 – 21 March, over 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing more than 190 nations, will participate in 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports in world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai.‫ The first ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement, with inclusion of people of determination with intellectual disabilities in every aspect of the event.

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