Abu Dhabi: Spectator registration for Special Olympics World Games sports competitions is now live.
For the thousands of fans keen to witness the action, the good news is that all sports competitions taking place across nine venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be free to attend.
Fans can support the athletes competing in 24 Olympic-style sports, by visiting www.meetthedetermined.com where registration open for all Games-time dates and venues.
Registration includes access to World Games festival areas with plenty of entertainment for the family, as well as watching athletes receive their medals at more than 3,000 awards presentations.
Although on-site registration facilities will available at all venues during the Games, advance registration strongly advises.
Venues will have a first arrival, first entry policy so spectators are also advised to arrive early particularly at peak times like evenings and weekends.
Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 torch run to visit iconic locations across all seven emirates
The Special Olympics Flame of Hope will tour all seven emirates for ten days from 4 – 13 March in a symbolic message of hope, courage and unity ahead of its arrival at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games on 14 March.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the World Games in partnership with the UAE’s Ministry of Interior and the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) has created an itinerary featuring almost 100 of the UAE’s most iconic locations.
Known as Guardians of the Flame, the Torch will carry by Special Olympics athletes and hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the world.
It will arrive into Abu Dhabi Airport from Athens onboard an Etihad Airways flight on 28 February before the Torch Run starts at Wadi Al Wurayah Waterfalls in Fujairah at 9am on 4 March.
The Torch will then travel to Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah, spending a day visiting iconic locations in each of the four Emirates including Jebel Jais, Fujairah Fort, Al Majaz Waterfront and Al Thiqa Club, a Sharjah-based club set up especially to support People of Determination, which also serves as a training venue for a number of Special Olympics UAE athletes (sports competitions).
The Torch Run will then spend two days in Dubai where it will carry past several attractions including the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Frame, Al Seef Village and the Atlantis Hotel, with a ceremony in Burj Park at 5.20pm on Sunday 10 March.
After Dubai, the Torch Run will spend a day each in Al Ain and Al Dhafra before concluding its route in Abu Dhabi with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Founder’s Memorial, Louvre Abu Dhabi and other iconic city locations.
Members of the public invites to attend each location to watch the Flame of Hope go past, while special ceremonies will be held at the end of each day in every emirate for communities to gather and celebrate the values of inclusivity and unity that Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and the LETR aims to promote. —- SOWG 2019