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  • Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Host Town Program will see over 11,000 people from across the world hosted in all seven emirates 
  • The Host Town Program will be the largest cultural exchange program ever to be held in the MENA region from 8 - 11 March 
  • All seven emirates have created an exciting itinerary of activities that showcases the UAE's many cultural offerings 
UAE, 9th March 2019 : The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and Host Town committees of each emirate, is preparing to host the world from 8 - 11 March .
 
The World Games' Host Town Program will be the largest cultural exchange program in the Middle East and North Africa. It will see almost 11,000 athletes and coaches from over 190 nations hosted across all seven emirates.
 
The Host Town Program is the first milestone for the delegations and athletes upon arriving in the UAE for the World Games where they experience the rich culture and history of the UAE ahead of their participation in the Games.
 
The delegations will spend three days in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah to experience true Emirati hospitality.   
 
Her Excellency Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development and Chair of the Community and Legacy Committee of the Games, said: 'Communities across the UAE are excitedly awaiting the Special Olympics athletes and look forward to welcoming them into their homes, community and their families.
 
'The Host Town Program is a wonderful opportunity to build life-long friendships between the athletes, coaches and the families who have volunteered to host them and demonstrate the world-famous generosity of the UAE. We want to show the whole world the values and traditions of the UAE society and the courageous habits of Zayed sons. We are all very keen to embody the best host event for the nations of the world '.
 
'The Host Town Program will help to create a defect understanding of intellectual disabilities and the Special Olympics movement in homes and communities across the country while showing that having a disability should not be a barrier for allowing the disabled person to reach his potential, let us all strive for the empowerment, inclusion and aspirations of the people of determination '.
 
'Everyone in the UAE is opening their doors and hearts for the Host Town Program,' said HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Junabi, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. 
 
'As athletes and coaches travel to the UAE and experience Emirati hospitality before the Games start, under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces, they will feel the true spirit of our nation. The athletes will feel the spirit of our founding father, HH late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as we embrace the world and consolidate our values of tolerance, regardless of language, religion and nationality. '
 
Highlights from the planned itinerary of activities include: 
 
EMIRATE  8 MARCH 9 MARCH 10 MARCH
Abu Dhabi  Welcome dinner

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 

Louvre Museum 

Cultural activities and Emirati entertainment at Heritage Village and Majlis al Mushref

Adopt-a-Nation school visit 

Warner Bros. 

Qasr al Hosn 

Culture Foundation 

Ajman Welcome gala dinner  Ajman Festival Land Closing dinner at Ajman Flag Park 
Al Ain Welcome dinner

Cultural and art activities at Al Ain Convention Center

Cultural games, entertainment and engagement with police and military at Hili Fun City Park

Adopt-a-Nation school visit 

Sheikh Zayed Center for Desert Sciences

Safari experiences and bird show at Al Ain Zoo

Dubai Dubai Frame
 
Dubai Garden Glow
 
Zabeel Park
Motiongate, Dubai Parks and Resorts Adopt-a-Nation school visit 
 
Closing dinner at Global Village 
Fujairah  Welcome dinner Sports activities at Fujairah Football Stadium
 
Cultural activities and exhibit at Zayed Sports Complex
Adopt-a-Nation school visit
 
Fujairah Adventure Park
Ras Al Khaimah  Welcome dinner Emirati cultural experience show at Al Sawan Area, camel racing, traditional activities, entertainment and workshops Adopt-a-Nation school visit
 
Legacy art activity at Al Marjan Island 
Sharjah Torch Run, Al Majaz Waterfront Museum Island
 
Aquarium 
 
Al Hamriyah Village - heritage and cultural activities, entertainment shows, Emirati cultural experience, art and handicraft workshops 
Adopt-a-Nation school visit
 
Dinner at Jawaher Center with key Sharjah government representatives
Umm Al Quwain  Welcome dinner Treasure hunt at Umm Al Quwain Marine Club 
 
Football and festival activities at Al Arabi Football Club
Adopt-a-Nation school visit
 
Art and culture activities at Umm Al Quwain Museum 
 
A 'host town committee' from each emirate has worked alongside the LOC to organize the cultural exchange program. The Program aims to foster community awareness, participation and engagement in understanding and inclusion of people of determination.  

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