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  • logo unfurled in a stadium to announce the 2019 Games in Abu Dhabi

    2019 World Summer Games

    Our next World Summer Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in March 2019.

    The official logo of the 2019 World Summer Games debuted at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.

World Games in MENA for the First Time

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019.
The Special Olympics World Games will take place in venues throughout Abu Dhabi March 14-21, 2019. These will be the first Special Olympics World Games held in the Middle East.

A Vision of Inclusion in Abu Dhabi

The Games will be held in March 2019. The Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019. 

Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates. It's also the capital city of the UAE.


Schedule for 2019 Games

Host Town: 8 to 11 March

Divisioning and Preliminary Competitions: 12 and 13 March

Opening Ceremony: 14 March

Competition and Other Events: 14 to 21 March

Closing Ceremony: 21 March

Facts about the Games

The Games will feature seven days of competition in 24 sports. There will be court sports: badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, handball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There will be races in athletics, cycling, kayaking, open water swimming, roller skating, sailing, swimming and triathlon. Judged competitions will be equestrian, judo, artistic gymnasts and rhythmic gymnastics. Rounding out the list of sports are bowling, football, golf and powerlifting.

Many thousands of people will take part or watch the Games. An estimated 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and their 2,600 coaches will arrive early to get used to the time zone and temperature. Abu Dhabi itself will provide 20,000 volunteers and up to 500,000 spectators. The families of the athletes will number 6,000. And there's an expectation that 2,000 reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers will capture the games for international media. Honored guests of Special Olympics could number 4,000, too.