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    Dubai Sports Council and du LaLiga launch new initiative to power development of Dubai's top Emirati football talents

    Two players from each of Dubai’s four clubs - Al Nasr, Al Wasl, Shabab Al Ahli and Hatta – will join du LaLiga HPC’s summer program in Spain   United Arab Emirates, Dubai, March 26, 2019 -  Dubai Sports Council and du announced today the launch of a new partnership under du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC) that is designed to power the professional development of high potential talent at Dubai national clubs.    The announcement was made during the press conference held today at Dubai Sports Council, headed by HE Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Mr Osman Sultan, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) and LaLiga delegate Maite Ventura, in the presence of Hussein Murad, CEO of Inspiratus.   du LaLiga High Performance Centre, which was ......read more

    Team Abu Dhabi Primed for New Double Title Bid As F1H2O Series Returns to Saudi

    Torrente, Al Qemzi prepared for big challenge in season opener  26 March, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi are prepared for a major challenge when they launch their bid for a second successive double title triumph in the opening round of the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Championship in Saudi Arabia this weekend. Reigning world champion Shaun Torrente and Emirati Thani Al Qemzi who finished third in last year’s individual standings head a powerful nine-team line up in Dammam for the return of the series to Saudi after a 15-year gap. Among their biggest rivals will be France’s three time-world champion Philippe Chiappe and son-in-law Peter Morin who finished runners-up to the Abu Dhabi duo in last year’s Teams Championship for CTIC F1 Shenzhen China. Chiappe, who had to settle for fifth place during a frustrating 2018 ......read more

    Young UAE Karting Star Rashid Al Dhaheri Wins Championship for WSK Super Master Series

    Rashid achieves tournament triumph with thrilling race victory, giving him three wins out of four rounds during his first series with Parolin Racing Dubai, UAE, March 26, 2019:  Budding Emirati racing karting star Rashid Al Dhaheri won the Championship for the WSK Super Master series this weekend in the Mini category. His victory at the International Circuit Napoli Sarno circuit with Parolin Racing made it three wins out of four rounds of racing for this competition - including at Circuito South Garda, Brescia, and Adria Karting Raceway, Adria - the first such achievement by any Mini driver for the past six years. He achieved 322 points for the tournament in total, which placed him 76 points clear of the nearest competitor. The overall participation for the four-race championship received a total of 137 drivers from 37 ......read more

    Podium for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in Sanya: Félix da Costa takes lead in the driver standings

    Dubai, UAE, March 26, 2019:  Sanya. António Félix da Costa (POR) celebrated his third podium of the season at the Sanya E-Prix (CHN), round six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. After 36 laps he crossed the finish line in third place in the #28 BMW iFE.18. Thanks to the 15 points he picked up, Félix da Costa now leads the driver standings with 62 points. His team-mate Alexander Sims (GBR) was also among the frontrunners, but retired after an accident.   Starting from third (Félix da Costa) and fifth (Sims) on the grid, the race was characterised mainly by energy management. After the frontrunners were racing defensively for more than half the race, leaving the field close together, the first duels began after around 30 minutes. In a head-to-head with André Lotterer (GER), Sims slid into the barriers, damaging his ......read more

    Dubai Gets Ready for 21st Edition of Emirates Championship This Weekend

    Under the supervision of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF), the three-day event will be held at the Emirates Equestrian Centre What: The Emirates Longines Show Jumping League  When: Thursday, March 28th from 3:30pm onwards; Friday, March 29th from 9:00am onwards and Saturday, March 30th from 9:00am onwards Where: Emirates Equestrian Centre, Seeh Al Salam, Endurance City Cost: FREE Parking: Free parking available within walking distance to main arena Dubai, UAE, March 26, 2019:  Dubai is, once again, getting ready to welcome the show jumping action as the 21st edition of the Emirates Championship gets ready to kick off this Thursday at the Emirates Equestrian Centre (EEC). As EEC’s last major competition of the season, you’re in for some action-packed jumping displays as superb contenders ......read more

    Conclusion of Sultan bin Zayed Show Jumping Championship

    Dubai, UAE, March 26, 2019:  Saturday evening marked the conclusion of the Sultan bin Zayed Show Jumping Championship organized by the Emirates Heritage Club under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Representative of His Highness the President and Chairman of the Emirates Heritage Club at His Highness Sultan bin Zayed Grand Hall for Equestrian in Al Khatim. The national show was held in cooperation with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF) with Longines as the title sponsor, Official Time Keeper and presenting partner of the Emirates Longines Show Jumping league competitions. Many riders and horses representing various stables and equestrian clubs in the region participated in the competition that began Friday morning to compete in nine specific classes, in addition to a special ......read more

    Dubai's DESC & Choueifat and Sharjah's Al Maarifa Crowned Champs of du Football Champions Season 4

    Throngs of devoted fans at The Sevens witness the best youth football in the UAE Dubai, UAE – March 25, 2019 – The nation’s greatest youth football teams claimed their winning titles yesterday at du Football Champions, in partnership with LaLiga, and home of the official UAE Schools Cup, Street Cup and UAE Girls Challenge. du Football Champions Season 4 drew to a close following a day of intense matches between Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain and Dubai’s best teams in front of a stadium of ardent supporters at The Sevens. Each match displayed professional-level football amid fierce competition.  The Finals of the award-winning du Football Champions was attended by senior officials from du, LaLiga, the Sports Councils, Ministry of Education and the UAE Schools Sports Association.  On the occasion, ......read more

    Companies Ready to Battle at Oman Insurance Corporate Challenge

    An innovative inter-company challenge concept with UAE’s top companies participating to conquer 7 challenges in an exhilarating adventure around Dubai, to win the coveted title Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 25, 2019:   Dubai’s exhilarating, Oman Insurance Corporate Challenge, powered by LivFit and Rush-A-Way returns this year with unique team-bonding exercises to ignite spirit, friendly competition to create an infectious excitement on 20th April 2019. The unique team building inter-company challenge growing over the years is a proven effective concept to strengthen teams and also serves as an excellent platform for networking.  With the gamification at work concept gaining mileage, many corporates are engaging employees with the adrenaline push for instant gratification and improved productivity. ......read more

    Emirates Foundation's Think Science Fairs 2019 edition successfully conclude with 28,000 visitors and 1850 contestants with 700 projects across all seven emirates

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and Chairman of Emirates Foundation Think Science engaged over 50 private and public sector organizations, 450 mentors and 81 science experts to guide, support and assess participating youth and their projects Abu Dhabi, UAE 24 March 2019 –   Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and Chairman of Emirates Foundation, and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and attendance of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Municipality, 2019’s final Think Science Fair took place in Ajman University, the host sponsor in Ajman, with the participation of 160 ......read more

    Spectacular Closing Ceremony Celebrates Legacy of World Games Abu Dubai and Achievements of Thousands of Athletes and Volunteers

    Dubai, UAE 23, March 2019:   Seven days of sporting achievement, thousands of athletes and volunteers, dozens of events, countless displays of bravery, and millions of smiles. As the final curtain falls on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the athletes, coaches, families and fans came together to not only celebrate successes on the field of play, but to also look forward to exciting future achievements. Officials and dignitaries from the UAE and Special Olympics, including His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Khalfan Mohammad Al Mazrouei, Managing Director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and the President of Liberia, George Weah, led the celebrations.   Held at Zayed Sports City, the spectacular Closing Ceremony featured amazing ......read more

    This Weekend Sees Abu Dhabi Host Week 13 of Show Jumping Competitions

    Under the supervision of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF), the two-day event will be held at the Emirates Heritage Club Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2019:  Week 13 of the national show jumping competitions will kick this weekend – on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd - at the Emirates Heritage Club in Abu Dhabi. The show will be held under the sponsorship of Longines, Official Time Keeper and presenting partner of the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League competitions. Held in cooperation with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation (UAEERF), the two-day show jumping competition will see riders jumping heights of up to 145cm in the club’s indoor sand arena.  This weekend features 11 action-packed classes - five on Friday and six on Saturday - for riders and horses of all levels. This national ......read more

    Emirates Post invites young people to enter international letter writing competition

    Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) annual competition champions the art of writing amongst schoolchildren  Dubai, UAE, 20 March 2019:   Emirates Post, the leading postal and express delivery provider in the region, is encouraging schoolchildren to rediscover the art of letter writing by entering the UPU International Letter Writing Competition.  Now in its 48th year, the prestigious competition is organised by Emirates Post as part of the global activity of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a United Nations body that oversees the world’s post. Since 1971, the UPU has invited young writers aged between 10-15 years old to write letters on a given theme to be in with a chance of winning exciting prizes. “Write a letter to your hero” is the inspirational theme of the 2019 competition, which ......read more

    UAE Team Emirates Opts for Power as Gaviria and Kristoff Top Line-up for Milan-Sanremo

    Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2019:  UAE Team Emirates will take on the first ‘monument’ of the season this weekend as the team heads to Italy for the iconic Milan-Sanremo (23 March).    With a colossal 291km race ahead, the Emirati formation has opted for power duo, Fernando Gaviria and Alexander Kristoff to lead the charge. Gaviria makes his return to this race for the first time since 2017, where the young Colombian picked up a top five finish; crossing the line alongside his now team mate. Gaviria will hope to have a spring in his step, coming off the back off a blistering start to life in his new team’s colours. Kristoff on the other hand is somewhat a veteran of this race. The Norwegians expertise and experience has seen the 31-year-old secure top 10 finishes in each of his last six appearances here, ......read more

    Global Music Superstars to Perform at Spectacular Closing Ceremony for World Games Abu Dhabi

    Dubai, UAE 20th March 2019:  Some of the biggest names in world music will perform at the spectacular Closing Ceremony for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Taking place at Zayed Sports City on Thursday evening, the event will see global superstars Keala Settle and Nicole Scherzinger take to the stage.   The singer of mega-hit ‘This Is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’, Keala has established herself as one of the world’s most popular contemporary pop acts.   American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, former Pussycat Doll and television personality Nicole Scherzinger is a hugely successful performer and as well as Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.   The Closing Ceremony will also feature the world premiere of the music video for the official song of ......read more

    Dubai Sports Council conducts annual forum for football coaches

    More than 100 coaches participate in the forum   March 20, 2019 - DUBAI, UAE -- More than 100 coaches from different football academies and Dubai clubs participated in the annual forum for coaches, which was organised by Dubai Sports Council under the supervision of top technical specialists and experts. The four-day Annual Forum for Coaches, being organized for the sixth successive year, took place at Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club and came to a close on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. As part of the Forum, three training sessions were held throughout four days, comprising lectures and theoretical and practical workshops. The first session was allocated for coaches of 13 to 18 years old, while the second session was dedicated for coaches of 6 to 12 years old and the third session was for goalkeeping coaches. The lectures were ......read more

    MOTIONGATE™ Dubai launches special treat for moms to celebrate Mother's Day on March 21st

    All mothers pay only AED50 to enter MOTIONGATE™ Dubai Dubai, 19 March 2019:   MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is calling all hero moms to enjoy over 27 thrilling rides and attractions at Dubai Parks and Resorts this Mother’s Day for just AED 50. All moms, including adventure-seekers, foodies, adventure enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies and movie buffs, brace yourselves for an unforgettable day filled with thrills! MOTIONGATE™ Dubai features key rides and attractions inspired by 13 of Hollywood’s most memorable live action and animated films including The Smurfs, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Ghostbusters and The Hunger Games.  Moms, get ready to swoop past ......read more

    Former Refugee Inspired by His Teammates and Athletes of Detrmination at World Games

    Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2019:   When Gerald Mballe, 20-years-old, escaped his homeland for a better life, he never thought he would be representing his adopted nation at a global sporting event four years later.  This week, Mballe has been in the UAE playing for the Special Olympics Italy Football 7-a-side team as a Unified Partner at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Back in October 2014, a teenage Mballe fled the place he called home after war quickly escalated. His journey saw him cross the borders of Niger, Libya and Algeria before he was rescued on a boat by Italian authorities on 1 November 2015 – more than a year after he first set off. Despite a tough start to life as a refugee in Italy, Mballe is now proud to call the country his home and resides in Torino. He even speaks the language and is ......read more

    Music Superstars to Join Athletes at Spectacular Closing Ceremony for World Games Abu Dhabi

    Dubai, UAE 19, March 2019: Some of the biggest names in the world of music will perform at the spectacular Closing Ceremony for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Taking place at Zayed Sports City on Thursday evening, the event will see regional superstars Rashed Al Majed, Waleed Al Shami and Hamad Al Ameri entertain a crowd of thousands at the landmark stadium.                                                                                        The Closing Ceremony will also feature the world premiere of the music video for the official song of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, ‘Right ......read more

    UAE Football Team Secures Another Victory at World Games

    Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2019:   The Special Olympics UAE Football team continued its impressive winning streak by beating Korea in the team’s opening match of the second round 11-a-side football competition. The UAE put on a dominant display to win 3-0 in front of home fans at Zayed Sports City. After a goalless first half, Abdullah Peerak opened the scoring in the 48th minute, before doubling the lead in the 54th minute. Khaled Al-Mazmi scored a further two goals with the final goal of the game hitting the back of the net in the 55th minute. It was the UAE’s third consecutive triumph in a row at the competition. The team previously beat Jamaica 4-1 and South Africa 4-0 in the first stage. Football made its debut at the World Games in 1986 and has become one of the largest sports on the program, featuring ......read more

    Smiles, and Medals, All Round After Double Success for Team GB Siblings at World Games

    Dubai, UAE 19 March 2019:  There’ll be plenty of smiles in the Henaghan household when Team Great Britain Special Olympics judo athletes Daniel and Denise bring their medals home. Daniel and his younger sister, Denise, won gold and bronze respectively in their judo division competition held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). Sixteen-year-old Denise was awarded her medal on the first day of the judo competition, with older brother Daniel, 17, winning his on day four of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. “Being here in Abu Dhabi has been such a positive experience and such a great culture shock,” said Daniel, 17, who lives in Newcastle in the north east of England.  “I’ve being loving it all, and winning the gold means the experience has been even more ......read more

    Dubai Culture opens the first phase of Al Shindagha Museum

    The first phase includes the ‘Dubai Creek: Birth of a City’ pavilion and the Perfume House The Museum is a key tourist attraction that helps raise Dubai’s historic and cultural significance Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 March 2018:   Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, announced that Al Shindagha Museum opens its doors to visitors in Q1 2019. The museum represents the first phase of the ambitious Dubai Historical District (DHD) project and was developed in collaboration between Dubai Culture which will manage the museum’s content and operations, Dubai Municipality (DM), and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).   Al Shindagha Museum is a ......read more

    Mirza and Durasek Congratulate Team UAE cyclists on their Special Olympics World Games Medal Haul

    March 18, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Emirati National Road Race and Time Trial Champion, Yousif Mirza, and team mate Kristijan Durasek took time out from their UCI WorldTour schedule to visit Abu Dhabi and lend their support to First Abu Dhabi Bank’s partnership with the Special Olympics World Games. The duo attended the finals of the Men’s 10km Road Race at Yas Marina Circuit and met with members of the UAE Special Olympics Cycling Squad. Mirza and Durasek – who are no strangers to the challenging cycling conditions that the riders have faced this week – provided advice and encouragement to the team and also congratulated a number of the riders on their medal winning achievements.  Over the past three days the UAE Special Olympics men’s cycling team has picked up a number of medals across a series of ......read more

    Kepa Carmona Crowned Champion of TRD 86 Cup Season 5 Following Thrilling Final Round Showdown

    The Spanish driver almost lost out in the rain soaked, action packed season finale of the local racing series, but still topped the leaderboard overall with a total of 248 points Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, March 18, 2019:   Yas Marina Circuit on Friday saw another outstanding day of local motorsport, as Spaniard Kepa Carmona sealed his victorious season in the TRD 86 Cup. Despite garnering 20 points from Race 1 and crashing out in the lead of Race 2, this was enough to boost Carmona’s overall season points tally to 248, putting him at the top of the final driver standings for Season 5 of the single-make local racing championship. Beating fellow Gold Class competitor Ahmad Al Moosa by only 6 points over the course of the championship, and last year’s winner Saif Al Ameri by 40 points, he was crowned TRD ......read more

    Papua New Guinea Completes Hat-trick of Shot-put Medals at World Games Abu Dhabi

    Byline: Brendyn Monsorate, Bilal Hafeez and Christopher Swaminathan – three people of determination who are working as part of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 press office.  Dubai, UAE, 18 March 2019:   Athletes from Papua New Guinea (PNG) enjoyed a clean sweep of medals at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.     The sportsmen and women from the tiny Pacific Island nation made their presence felt after winning gold, silver and bronze in the shot-put competitions at the Dubai Police Stadium.    Sixteen-year-old Judy Jubilee Moi won a gold medal, with Grace Dindillo, 22, taking a silver in her contest, and 26-year-old Jason Jubilee completing a hat-trick of honors for PNG with bronze.    One of the smallest countries and teams competing in the World ......read more

    Fictional Characters Brought to Life as MEFCC Hosts UAE Preliminaries of World Cosplay Summit

    Opportunity to represent the UAE at the World Cosplay Summit 2019 Championship Finals in Japan.  UAE-based cosplayers reveal the story behind their transformation into characters of films, books, comics and video games. Alodia Gosiengfiao – cosplay star from the Philippines confirmed to attend MEFCC as Cosplay Judge. Dubai, UAE, 18th March 2019:   Dubai will soon set the stage for the ultimate showdown between fictional heroes and villains as the UAE edition of the World Cosplay Summit swoops into town.    Cosplay (literally costume-play) is the art of portraying a fictional character from a film, comic book, video game, anime (Japanese animation) or manga (Japanese comic book) through detailed costuming and make-up. The craft has a growing following in the UAE and involved the wearer ......read more

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    Ultimate Dabangg Stunt Show returns with thrilling new performances at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai

    Experience the blockbuster action-packed indoor stunt and dance show  Dubai, UAE, 17 March 2019:   BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, the premier Bollywood-themed park that is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, has re-launched its hugely popular hit live show ‘Dabangg: Stunt Spectacular’ with more drama and action, themed around the Bollywood mega hit movie Dabangg. Organised in a Bollywood-themed cinematic setting, the show features live stunts, explosions and dramatic song and dance sequences as Salman ......read more

    Hamda Al Hosani is the Golden Girl again for UAE at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

    Dubai - UAE 17 March 2019: The UAE’s Hamda Al Hosani will have to make room for another medal in her cabinet after winning gold in the 200m final at Special Olympics World Games. At Dubai Police Stadium today, the 30-year-old sprinter crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 32.14 seconds. Canada’s Eva Bell who crossed the line at 34.81 seconds closely followed her.  There was more reason to celebrate for the UAE, with Hamda’s fellow Special Olympics UAE sprinter, Momena Shirdal, coming in third (36.42) during the same race and winning bronze. The ......read more

    Russian Powerlifter Jumps for Joy After Squatting Impressive 350 Kilograms

    Dubai, UAE, 17 March 2019:   Russian Special Olympics Team powerlifter, Sergei Mukhligin, proved that determination, spirit and commitment pays off after he successfully lifted a huge 350-kilogram weight. The 20-year-old’s feat of strength won him a silver medal in the squat competition, but his outpouring of emotion won him countless friends at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and around the globe. Sergei jumped for joy and raced across the stage to embrace his coach immediately after squatting the second heaviest weight in his group contest. The wonderful ......read more

    UAE Women's Basketball Teams Triumphant on Day Two of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

    Dubai, UAE, 17 March 2019:   Host nation, UAE, added another two gold medals to its tally as the unified female basketball team (division 1) and traditional female team (division 3) both overcame their opponents on day two of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. In front of a large crowd at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the unified female division 1 team beat Pakistan 23-7, whilst the traditional division 3 team beat Egypt 13-11.  The final whistle sparked frenzied celebrations from fans and player, Sherifa Saeed Al Yaqoubi, who was on the ......read more

    Team GB Cycling Star Kiera Byland Takes Gold Medal in Her First Race at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

    Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2019:  British cycling star Kiera Byland won a gold medal for Team GB in her opening race at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. The 20-year-old athlete was first across the finish line in the women’s 15-kilometer Road Race Final held at Yas Marina Circuit. Kiera, who comes from the north-west of England, was delighted with her performance after completing the race in 24 minutes and 24 seconds. The Team GB athlete saw off competition from Germany’s Heike Naujoks and Spain’s Elena Hernandez to seal the victory. A delighted Kiera ......read more

    Emirati Bocce Star Mahmoud Jarour Has His Sights Set on the Gold Medal – and a Visit to the Palace

    Dubai, UAE 16 March 2019:   Mahmoud Jarour wants to win a gold medal in bocce at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 – and when he does, he hopes to personally give it to the leaders of the UAE.   The Emirati athlete is well on his way to achieving his goal after winning his opening two games in the men’s singles competition, played at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) today (16 March).   “I am very happy and proud to be part of Special Olympics here in Abu Dhabi,” said Mahmoud, who attended the second day of the World ......read more

    Winners Announced for 13th Sheikh Zayed Book Awards

    Five international authors and an Arab research centre honoured for exceptional work For images of the authors and book covers, please click here Abu Dhabi, 16 March 2019:   The 13th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award has announced the winners for 2018/19, with five international authors and an Arab research centre honoured for their exceptional literary and intellectual publications. The Award is presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals and publishers, as well as emerging talents whose writing and translation in the humanities field enriches Arab ......read more

    Electrifying and Inspiring Opening Ceremony Signals Start of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi in Breathtaking Style

    His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan declares Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 open  Performance of official World Games Abu Dhabi anthem by global music stars and arrival of Flame of Hope watched by thousands in stadium and millions live on global TV  Parade of Athletes from record number of nations, accompanied by Special Olympics Chairman Dr Timothy Shriver, Heads of State, VIPs, celebrities and representatives of the Special Olympics movement, met with huge applause as they entered arena  Dubai, UAE, 16, March 2019:   His Highness ......read more

    UAE Unified Football Team Seal First Victory at World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 With 4-0 Win Over South Africa

    Dubai, UAE, 16 March 2019:   The UAE Special Olympics Unified Football Team claimed victory over South Africa on Friday. Playing its second match of the World Games at Zayed Sports City, the 11-a-side UAE team recorded a 4-0 win over its opponents  A dominant display by the Emirati team in front of a crowd of energetic home fans saw goals scored by Ayman Al Maqbali, Abdelaziz Al Hamour with Khalid Al Maamari scoring a brace. The victory, the UAE’s first of the World Games, means the team will be full of confidence before taking on Jamaica in its final Group A match ......read more

    Now United to Perform at World Games' Opening Ceremony Pre-Show

    Dubai, UAE, 14 March 2019: Now United, the global pop group featuring 14 singing and dancing artists from 14 different countries will headline tonight’s (14 March) Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 pre-show. Now United will take to the stage in front of more than 40,000 spectators just after 6.15pm for a fifteen-minute set. Fans can also look forward to seeing all 14 members, who range between 16-20 years old, put on a spectacular performance. The group features artists from 14 different nations including Brazil, the Philippines, Senegal and India, and have seen their ......read more

    Special Olympics athletes will play alongside NFL stars, football legends and Olympians at World Games

    Dubai, UAE, 14th March 2019:   Special Olympics athletes will have the chance to show off their sporting skills alongside a number of NFL players, football legends and Olympians at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 as part of a series of Unified Sports Experiences.    The Unified Sports Experiences, which began on 13 March with former figure skater Michelle Kwan competing in golf, will continue until 20 March, featuring a series of exciting activations and clinics.    NFL stars Jamaal Charles, now retired, and Joe Haden through his ......read more

    12 People of Determination Amongst Diverse Workforce for World Games Organizing Committee

    Dubai, UAE, 13 March 2019: Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is leading by example by promoting inclusion within its workforce.   Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the Local Organizing Committee and setting the stage for this year’s World Games are more than 300 employees from a variety of different backgrounds.  With less than 2 days remaining until the UAE stages the most unified World Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement, the LOC are helping to ensure the event not only exceeds expectations but also creates a legacy of ......read more

    A Coast to Coast Challenge Awaits as UAE Team Emirates Heads to Italy for Tirreno-Adriatico

    Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2019:  Tirreno-Adriatico – known as the ‘Race of the Two Seas’ – kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday 13th March) and provides a seven man squad from UAE Team Emirates with seven days of racing through some of Italy’s most beautiful and challenging terrain. The week long route weaves its way from the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west coast of the country to the Adriatic on the east and offers a mix of climbs, bunch sprints and time trials. Waiting in the wings to take on the mini Giro d’Italia is an international mix of talent captained by the ......read more

    Week 12 of Emirates Longines Show Jumping League Competitions Draws to an End with UAE Majority Wins

    Salim Al Suwaidi takes the lead in a major competition in Al Ain Dubai, UAE, March 11, 2019:  The UAE’s Salim Khamis Al Suwaidi and 22-year-old ‘Espresso’ of the Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club led the 12th week’s main event of the Emirates Longines Show Jumping League competitions, which included 13 rounds and saw the participation of a significant number of riders of all levels from clubs and equestrian centres around the UAE. The competition was held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin ......read more

    World Art Dubai 2019

    Dubai, UAE, March 11, 2019:  World Art Dubai, the Middle East’s largest affordable retail art fair, boasts a collection of 150 galleries and artists from more than 30 countries displaying over 3,000 pieces starting from $100 onwards. The expansive and accessible collection includes classic, modern and abstract paintings, cubism pieces, mixed media works, sculptures, pop art and calligraphy.  In addition to the core art on sale, World Art Dubai features an array of interactive activities for art fans of all ages, including live painting sessions, expert talks and hands-on ......read more

    Dubai Parks and Resorts hosts heroes from Special Olympics at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai

    Dubai, 11 March 2019:   Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination in the Middle East, welcomed over 4,000 athletes due to compete in the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to enjoy a thrilling day of adventure and excitement at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai on 9 March. The athletes had a great time at the park filled with adrenaline rush and excitement, and the opportunity to ......read more

    Run alongside Special Olympics Athletes at the official World Games 2019 Half Marathon

    UAE, 10 March 2019: Members of the UAE’s running community can show their support for inclusion by joining Special Olympics athletes on 16 March when they take to the track for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Half Marathon competition.  ‘Run Unified’ will see people from across the UAE given the opportunity to run alongside Special Olympics athletes who are participating in Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.   Organized by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ‘Run Unified’ will take place on Al Hudayriat Island and features ......read more

    Special Olympics: Divisioning Explained

    Dubai - UAE, 9 March 2019: Thousands of athletes of determination have started arriving in the UAE ahead of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and are gearing up for one of Special Olympics’ most unique elements of the Games, ‘divisioning’.    Divisioning will take place from 12th for all sports except for 11-a-side Football, which will go straight to the group stages, Powerlifting, Open Water Swimming and Triathlon, all of which will go straight competition stages.     Divisioning allows all athletes participating in any Special ......read more

    The UAE hosts the World

    Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Host Town Program will see over 11,000 people from across the world hosted in all seven emirates  The Host Town Program will be the largest cultural exchange program ever to be held in the MENA region from 8 - 11 March  All seven emirates have created an exciting itinerary of activities that showcases the UAE's many cultural offerings  UAE, 9th March 2019 : The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and Host Town ......read more

    Sheikh Mansoor flags off competitors in Dubai International Baja

    Dubai, UAE, 9 March, 2019: HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum flagged off the competitors at the ceremonial start of the Dubai International Baja powered by AW Rostamani and Nissan at Dubai Autodrome at tonight. The event is the second round of the 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas for cars and buggies and the opening round of this year’s FIM Bajas World Cup for bikes and quads. Taking place under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, the rally has a starting line-up of 27 cars and buggies and ......read more

    Friends of Arthritis Patients Society launches its 7th Annual Charity Marathon on Saturday

    The Marathon will kick off at Al Mamzar Beach in Sharjah Sharjah, Thursday, March 9, 2019. - In the largest community sports event, the 7th Annual Charity Marathonwill kick off on Saturday at 3:30 pm along the Al Mamzar beach, till the Al Qasba roundabout in Sharjah, with the participation of thousands of contestants of different ages, nationalities and mental and motor abilities, Organsied byThe Friends of Arthritis Patients Society (FAPS) ofthe Health Education Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, the event will run under the theme"Do not postpone ......read more

    Al Qassimi makes flying start to Dubai World Cup rally as mare grabs bikes lead

    Emirati world champion Balooshi sees victory hopes die after first leg engine failure in Dubai International Baja    Dubai, UAE, 9 March, 2019: The UAE’s Khalid Al Qassimi grabbed the half way lead in the Dubai International Baja powered by Nissan and AW Rostamani today as he left behind a trail of the world’s top drivers in the Al Qudra desert.   Partnered by Frenchman Xavier Panseri in an Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 3008 DKR, Al Qassmi took a 48-seconds first leg advantage over Jakub Przygonski, Poland’s defending world champion and last ......read more

    Celebrate the festival of colours with a live musical concert at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™

    Dubai, 7 March 2019: BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, the premier Bollywood-themed park that is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is hosting the biggest Holi celebration in the UAE on 15 March with well-known Indian singers and music composers in attendance.  Leading Indian musical talent Falguni Pathak and renowned Marathi singer and composer Avadhoot Gupte will perform at the park as a part of Holi celebrations – and guests will be able to enjoy popular Bollywood soundtracks against the stunning backdrop of the Raj ......read more

    Dubai Culture reveals an exciting list of activities for Dubai Art Season 2019

    Under the Patronage of HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum This year the event features new activities and partners, and invites everyone to ‘Take a walk on the art side’  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 March 2019: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has unveiled an interesting line-up of activities and events for the sixth edition of Dubai Art Season. To be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Art Season’s 2019 ......read more

    Dubai Parks and Resorts to host over 4,000 Special Olympics heroes at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai

    Dubai, 6 March 2019: Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is welcoming 4,200 athletes due to compete in the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to enjoy a thrilling day of adventure and excitement at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai on March 9th. Athletes will be able to enjoy numerous rides and attractions. The Special Olympics World Games 2019 is the world's largest sporting event and ......read more

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