Delivering the historic Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 took place in the Middle East for the first time, celebrating its 50th
year and making history with more nations and more female athletes than ever before. Special Olympics is a global organisation that aims to empower athletes with intellectual disabilities through sport and this year the Special Olympics World Games hosted 7,500 athletes and had 200 nations represented.
Since 2017, our CSM Middle East team has been working closely with the Local Organizing Committee of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 on the delivery of a historic edition of the World Games. Over the past two years, our team have helped deliver incredible pieces of work for the Special Olympics, including the IX MENA Games Torch Run and the IX MENA Games ceremonies.
This year, our teams helped deliver the Torch Run for the World Games in 7 Emirates across the UAE, as well as managing three of the World Games venues and delivered the entire Look and Feel across all venues.
Working with the Local Organizing Committee, the Ministry of Interior, and working groups from across all 7 Emirates, CSM led the planning and execution of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, managing the event production, logistics, and operations of the tour.
The Olympic Flame embarked on a tour across the nation, starting in Fujairah on Mar 4, 2019 ending with Abu Dhabi city on March 13, 2019. The Flame was then taken into Zayed Sports Stadium on March 14, 2019, as part of the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony, where the official games cauldron was lit up.
During the World Games, the team set up and managed three of the World Games’ venues: Al Forsan Club in Abu Dhabi for the equestrian events, the Dubai Police Club Stadium for athletics competitions and Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai for the swimming competitions.
In the build-up to the World Games, we managed the site and infrastructure, operations and logistics across these venues. CSM Live also conceptualised, designed, defined and delivered the entire Look, Wayfinding and Signage Program for the Games, with 10 competition venues scoped and designed, whilst our local partners Prolab Digital provided the printing and installation.