ABU DHABI - Aldar Properties and Special Olympics UAE have renewed their strategic partnership until 2025 to continue enhancing the empowerment of People of Determination through enrichment programmes.

Aldar has been an official partner of Special Olympics UAE since 2019, offering broad support to the Special Olympics UAE's operations and its sports, health and education programmes.

The partnership renewal was signed by Talal Al Dhiyebi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties, and Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE.

As part of the collaboration, Aldar will provide Special Olympics UAE sponsorship, office space and support services. Aldar employees will also have access to volunteering opportunities at Special Olympics UAE events.

Commenting on the partnership, Al Dhiyebi said, "Aldar is committed to building thriving and inclusive communities – and we see the impact of Special Olympics UAE and its various programmes and initiatives as pivotal not only to empower individuals but also to bring communities together. We are delighted to renew our partnership with Special Olympics UAE as it will enable us to continue driving the inclusion agenda forward and create real impact in our communities."

Al Hashemi, in turn, said, "The progress that Special Olympics UAE has achieved over the past years and its impact on the quality of life of hundreds of athletes, their families and People of Determination across the UAE could not have been possible without the commitment of our partners. Aldar has helped us enhance our athletes' social integration through sports, health, education, and community initiatives, underscoring the importance of partnerships with the private sector to advance this National agenda."

Special Olympics UAE has launched training camps to prepare for the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, which will be held from 17th to 25th June.

The UAE will be participating in 20 different sports. The Special Olympics UAE delegation is one of the largest from the MENA region, comprising 75 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 32 unified partners, 46 coaches, medics, and the administrative and technical staff.