UAE, 9th March 2019: The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Red Crescent to support the World Games, which will be held from 14 – 21 March across nine venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Emirates Red Crescent is a not-for-profit humanitarian organization that provides assistance to all segments of society.

As part of the MOU, Emirates Red Crescent will support the LOC by promoting the World Games across its social media platforms, with the aim of encouraging UAE residents to attend the Games and support the 7,500 plus athletes of determination. Emirates Red Crescent is also providing 80 female volunteers who will be a part of the official Opening Ceremony.  

His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Special Olympics World games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: "Government entities and private companies have been incredibly supportive of the Special Olympics movement. Emirates Red Crescent is a unique addition to our roster of supporters but one that aligns completely with the values of Special Olympics and the UAE.”

"We are a few steps away from a new era for Special Olympics, and our partners' solidarity and commitment to empowering people of determination will be a key indicator that we have successfully hosted a world-class event with an incredibly important message."

Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of Emirates Red Crescent spoke of the kindness of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent for establishing meaningful and constructive partnerships between Emirates Red Crescent and institutions in the UAE to enhance cooperation in all humanitarian fields and promote inclusion and solidarity. 

"The MoU signed today between the two sides allows for wider cooperation and coordination between Emirates Red Crescent and the LOC to ensure the success of the World Games in a manner that meets the expectations of the wise leadership in organizing this important event".

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will see more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations compete in 24 Olympic-style sports. It will be the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.

Sharan Sunner