Regarding the Middle East’s first Special Olympics World Games hosting this week, officials were already talking about returning the event to the UAE capital at Thursday’s closing press conference in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Timothy Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics, said that “If invited, I would love to bring the games back to the UAE in future.”
Abdullah Al Junaibi, the chairman of the higher committee for the Special Olympics, remarked, “From day one of beginning the preparations for this year’s Games, we’ve been saying that we will do it again.”
7,500 athletes from 200 countries participate across 24 sports. According to Shriver, “More importantly, here in the UAE, our athletes have been treated as though they are the best, and though they do not get to hear this enough outside the Games, the truth is that they are.”
Al Ramahi said, “The Games are concluding, but our work will go on. We will focus on training athletes in all these sport categories, and also work to build a robust family programme to support this training. In addition, we hope to extend the Healthy Athletes programme, which offers free annual health screenings for people with determination.”
referring to the Unified Champion School programme she said that “Another of our key missions is to promote inclusivity, and we will do this by spearheading unified sports activities.”
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and chief executive officer of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Hessa Bint Eisa Bu Humaid, Minister of Community Development also attended the conference.
“As the largest employer in the UAE, we will promote more inclusivity by providing enhanced support to employees with determination, including educational assistance and flexible working hours,” said Dr. Al Jaber.

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