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. We were tapped to help deliver the world’s largest sport and humanitarian event, which drives genuine societal change.

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What we cid

Our scope of work was varied, covering the delivery of the Torch Run for the World Games and developing the look & feel across all host venues. Working alongside the Local Organising Committee and the Ministry of Interior, we led the planning and execution of the last leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

We were also responsible for the management of three World Games venues: the Al Forsan Club in Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Police Club Stadium and the Hamdan Sports Complex, also in Dubai. Our Live team also conceptualised, designed, defined and delivered the entire Look, Wayfinding and Signage Program for the Games, with all 10 competition venues scoped, designed, printed and installed.

The results

Our work on the Torch Run saw the team tour 3000km with over 100 international police officers and Special Olympic athletes. Coordinating with 35 governmental entities over 10 days, across 7 Emirates, we helped spread the message of inclusivity and championed the spirit of the Special Olympics movement.

The team coordinated all operations and logistics, ceremony production, protocol, branding, ambassador and sponsor integration, and media management, including overseeing 16,000 meals, 2,000 hotel check-ins, 10 Royal dignitaries, 50 community leaders, 80 venues, 52 torch ceremonies and 4 sponsor events.

10 Venues

scoped, designed and installed


Medal ceremonies delivered

1 Official

Torch run delivered

CSM’s contribution helped make the Games a resounding and unprecedented success. All these achievements and many more would not have been possible without their support, which helped us highlight the global importance of the event and shine a spotlight on the extraordinary athletes who were competing. They ensured us a world class venue for each athlete competing as well as the successful delivery of the Final Leg of the Torch Run. For all of this, we are forever grateful.

Peter Wheeler
CEO Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019
Special Olympics Abu Dhabi