As the 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 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 offer more opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities.
Sky News Arabia also intends to expand its annual internship programme to include a training programme for people of determination, placing inclusion at the heart of the organisation’s business.
Speaking about the coverage of the event, 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.”
Rashed Abdulla, Chief Commercial Officer Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 added: “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.”