Sky News Arabia champions inclusion ahead of opening of Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi
Comprehensive coverage of the World Games across all Sky News Arabia platforms
Live broadcasts from the Flame of Hope torch run and coverage of all the sporting action
Free media training at ADNEC and commitment to new internship program for people of determination
Abu Dhabi, 4 March 2019: Sky News Arabia are putting people of determination at the heart of their coverage of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and supporting new initiatives to support employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
As the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event comes to the Middle East for the very first time, Sky News Arabia will be covering all the action.
From the 27th February until 21st March the coverage will include the torch lighting ceremony in Athens, the torch-run, the opening and closing ceremonies, all the latest sporting action and special events being held across the country, as the UAE celebrates the achievements of people of determination in a way never seen before in the region. The coverage will be on all Sky News Arabia’s platforms including TV, Radio, Online and Social media.
Starting with the Flame of Hope arrival into Abu Dhabi this Thursday, the channel also plans a special live broadcast on 13 March as the Torch Run comes to Sky News Arabia studios.
As an official media partner of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, Sky News Arabia will be at the heart of the action speaking to athletes, coaches and sports personalities from around the world as they broadcast live from the main sports venue, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), where 10 different sports will be taking place between 14 and 21 March.
At ADNEC, Sky News Arabia’s top presenters and team of talented crew will also offer media training to people of determination. They will coach young people with intellectual disability in camera operation, lighting and presenting as part of a legacy initiative to give more opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities.
Sky News Arabia also intend to expand their annual internship program to include a training program for people of determination, putting inclusion at the heart of the organization’s business.
Ali El Garni, Editor in Chief - Sport, Sky News Arabia, said: “Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is one of the biggest events ever to come to the UAE with over 7,500 athletes competing from over 190 countries.
“It promises to be a truly inspirational event and is a fitting way to mark the Year of Tolerance here in the UAE.
“As an official media partner of the World Games, our coverage will be unrivalled anywhere in the region – we will have the biggest and best daily updates on the sports, the successes of MENA teams as well as featuring the moving stories of those many athletes around the world who have worked so hard to overcome their challenges and make it to Abu Dhabi in 2019.
“This March, Sky News Arabia is excited to champion the achievements of people of determination and our legacy initiatives will ensure that the impact of the World Games lives on long after the event has ended.”
Rashed Abdulla, Chief Commercial Officer Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 said: “Sky News Arabia’s support for the World Games is hugely important. Their commitment to comprehensive coverage, will help ensure the Special Olympics message of unity and inclusion is brought to millions of households across the Middle East and North Africa.
“Changing perceptions of people of determination is a key part of the legacy of the World Games and it is through the support of Sky News Arabia and other companies across the UAE that we can create employment opportunities for people with disabilities which will enhance and promote our message of inclusion to the global community.”
Sky News Arabia will also run daily social media contests, with the best Special Olympics images and comments posted online being given the chance to be included in the station’s coverage.
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