Thu 14-03-2019 22:38 PM
ABU DHABI, 14th March, 2019 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today inaugurated the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 in the presence of UAE rulers, kings and leaders of a number of countries.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan officially declared the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 open as fans and state guests watched. He said: "Peace be upon you all, Dear guests, ladies and gentlemen, audience of these World Games, On behalf of my brother His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, We welcome you all to your second home, the Home of Zayed. We have the honour to host the Special Olympics World Games. We're proud to be here with all the Special Olympics athletes and family from all over the world.
Today, with your presence and participation, we send a message to the world that nothing is impossible when there is determination. Only a strong will can make a difference. A very warm greeting to all the people of determination for their strong will and determination to climb to the top. I also greet the athletes in the playground today for their bravery in representing their countries and for being a source of inspiration to everyone.
Dear sons and daughters, I am delighted to watch and support you. Everyone in the UAE supports you and takes pride in you."
The grand opening ceremony was graced by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Macky Sall of Senegal; Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla of Umm Al Qaiwain, and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman; and H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain.