Who’s performing at the Special Olympics opening ceremony?

International musicians will perform for the crowd at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Open ceremony 2018 Special Olympics Middle East North Africa (MENA) Regional Games in Abu Dhabi. 1,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities are competing in 16 sports, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on March 17, 2018.
Photo by Markus Ulmer for Limex Images / MENA GAMES

Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne will take to the stage alongside ‘Despacito’ singer Luis Fonsi, British DJ Paul Oakenfold, Egyptian pop star Tamer Hosny, Emirati singer Hussain Al Jassamu and Syrian performer Assala Nasri.

The spectacular opening ceremony will take place at Zayed Sports City Stadium in front of 40,000 fans to mark the official beginning of the global event on 14th March.

“I am so excited to come to Abu Dhabi. I have been working with the Special Olympics for a number of years and this will truly be an incredible experience performing at the largest and most unified Special Olympics World Games ever held,” Avril Lavigne said.

“These athletes are so inspiring and they are a huge part of what we believe in and support through The Avril Lavigne Foundation.

“I want to shine a light on their courage and determination and I am honoured to have been invited to help support them.”

Tickets for the opening ceremony can be purchased online.

The event will also be shown live on ESPN and Abu Dhabi TV for viewers in the UAE and across the world.

For more information, visit: abudhabi2019.org

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