Get Involved    
…until the opening ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 ​

Get moving with Walk Unified

Mar 21, 2018

Has your fitness resolution already fallen by the wayside? Walk Unified has got to be the best stroll you can possibly take in Abu Dhabi right now! Get moving with the Walk Unified campaign, an initiative launched by the Higher Committee of the Special Olympics World Games 2019, which aims to bring people together and…

Read More


Mar 19, 2018

With the help of a crack team of volunteer sports reporters Abu Dhabi World brings you some very unique perspectives of the action from the first day of the Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018.   Badminton - ADNEC Volunteer reporter: Liz Beneski The courts seem massive at first; six courts of play…

Read More

What divisioning day is all about

Mar 16, 2018

After days of training and cultural activities across the seven emirates as well as an impressive torch run through the streets of Abu Dhabi, athletes competing in the Special Olympics IX Mena Games got down to business today with the start of divisioning. The handball players kicked off the action just after 9am at Al…

Read More

Play Like a Girl

Mar 13, 2018

This week the Special Olympics IX Mena Games get underway with more female athletes competing than ever before in the regional event. With 40 per cent of the visiting teams made up of sportswomen, these athletes are the living legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver - the pioneering woman responsible for the very first Special Olympics,…

Read More

Inclusion wins big at the Oscars 2018

Mar 05, 2018

As the 90th Academy Awards ceremony wrapped up at The Dolby Theatre in LA this morning, inclusion was making the headlines. In a year that saw cultural change trickle through Hollywood, winners at the 2018 Oscar ceremony turned the focus of the night to the achievements of women, immigrants and people of determination. BROUGHT TO…

Read More

Paving the way to Inclusion

Feb 12, 2018

Cycling is one of 24 sports competitions taking place at the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The capital also hosts the Abu Dhabi Tour, which is a professional cycling race organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in collaboration with RCS Sports. Cyclists from the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care…

Read More

Abu Dhabi hosts Unified Golf team

Feb 08, 2018

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, winner of the 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA played alongside Zimbabwe’s Special Olympics athlete Munyaradzi Musariri as part of a unified team. The two played together ahead of the European Tour event and proved just how great unified sports teams are. Larazabal spoke about how much he enjoyed the…

Read More

Up, Up and Away with Etihad

Feb 05, 2018

Etihad Aviation Group is an official sponsor for the Special Olympics World Games 2019 and the airline just upped the ante on volunteerism. Through the program, employees will continue to receive their full salary for up to five days out of the office to volunteer at the Games, being held in Abu Dhabi. Their goal…

Read More

Special Olympics Leadership Academy comes to the MENA region

Jan 16, 2018

The Special Olympics MENA Leadership Academy took place in Cairo, Egypt, from 24- 28 September with the participation of representatives from nine MENA countries (Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt & Oman) in addition to SO MENA staff and three athlete leaders who brought energy and inclusiveness to the Academy. The 5- day…

Read More