In Host Town Programme Thousands of Olympians and Coaches Enjoy the Best UAE

Over 4000 athletes along with their coaches attended the closing ceremony for the Special Olympics Host Town Programme at Global Village, Dubai.  Under the programme, over and above 11,000 people from over 190 countries, were hosted across the seven emirates.

Athletes and coaches spent the last three days being guided all around the UAE, taken to sights like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Dubai Frame, Louvre Abi Dhabi, and Dubai Parks and Resorts.

The three-day tour of the UAE ended with a display of multicultural music acts playing to oer 4,000 athletes and coaches, who will be a part of the Special Olympics World Games.

Andrew Stuart, 19, who will be representing the Great Britain team in golf, stated that he was amazed with the friendliness of the people and scale of Dubai’s hospitality.

James Francis Duncan, 33, who is dreaming to pick up a medal by playing football for Australia, stated that he has loved every moment of his time he spent in the UAE. He loved it and it became more special as he got the chance to celebrate the moment with athletes from other countries. For him, the most memorable part is the amusement parks where they were taken by the host country.

Egyptian roller-skater Sherif Mohamed Nada (20) stated that being able to be a part of the Special Olympics had given him an intense feeling of happiness. His coach stated that Global Village was the apt location for the closing ceremony.

The Host Town Programme is about displaying UAE’s local culture and folklore.

Maryam Al Obaid, policy and strategy adviser for the Executive Council of Dubai stated that they had a lot of fun with the athletes and the UAE is proud of what IT has achieved. The host nation wanted to disclose that Dubai is as much a society for people with disability as it’s for others.