Abu Dhabi has been at the forefront of the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in a region, the Middle East, which has lagged behind in comparison to other areas of the world. By hosting the 2019 Special Olympics World Games, we are demonstrating that we have moved up to the next level. We are ready to show the entire Middle East and North Africa region, a population of over 350 million people, that we recognize it is time that our natural inclination to accept and value all who live here should be cultivated, formalized, and expanded to ensure inclusiveness for the future.
The Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018 will witness athletes with intellectual disabilities, from the MENA region plus other countries, competing in different Olympic sports; whereas the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will host athletes from all over the world. Abu Dhabi will be the first city ever to host both, the MENA and World Games, right after one another. The two Games are two separate events, but very much related. So, this is an exciting time to be in Abu Dhabi and volunteer! Please select from the various volunteering opportunities of the Special Olympics divisions: 1. Medical 2. Guest Services 3. Operations 4. Communications 5. Sport 6. Technology 7. Event Management 8. Delegation Services