As the UAE prepares to host the Special Olympics World Games next year, a large number of officials are being roped in from across the Middle Eastern countries to help with the staging of the games. Match referees are being recruited from a host of countries like Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia who will participate in what is perceived to be the largest and the most significant sporting event organized in the GCC region.
The games will see the participation of more than 7000 athletes from across 176 countries and are expected to perform for an anticipated audience of about half a million spectators. The managing director of the Games, Khalfan Al Mazrouei, said that the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees (UANOC) was assisting the UAE in the task of identifying and recruiting suitable talent. He said that the Special Olympics is a great platform that will demonstrate the capabilities of the Middle East on a global stage.
The games are all set to be held in Abu Dhabi from March 14 to March 21 next year. The organisers of the event say that about 3000 coaches have already been recruited while an additional 10,000 volunteers had also been hired. As a special initiative, athletes participating in the event can also choose with stay in the homes of Emiratis to experience the culture and heritage of the country in a unique manner.