The Special Olympics International Board of Directors announced it has chosen Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to be host of the 2019 World Summer Games. The World Games are the flagship event for Special Olympics. The Games will be held in March 2019.
The Games in Abu Dhabi will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. The Board unanimously voted to award the World Games to Abu Dhabi based on a comprehensive bid proposal, a site visit by a Board Committee, and the country’s vision to create inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
That vision begins with the United Arab Emirates and extends to their region and the world. The UAE is close to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, so the Games are expected to have a very broad benefit.
“Having the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi is revolutionary for our movement and for the Middle East Region,” said Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman.