|18 March, 2019

Courts used for Special Olympics World Games to be re-used as legacy pieces

The initiative will, however, happen after the closing ceremony on March 21.

Various sport turfs and platforms used for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 will be reused as pieces of legacy across the city.

The first indication of such a move was known when women journalists were asked not to wear high heels for the closing ceremony Press conference to be held on a basketball court this Thursday.

"Due to the event taking place on the court, we would recommend not wearing high heels as the courts will be re-used for legacy pieces across the city following the games," the media invite said.


This is the first games to be held in the Middle East and the UAE aims to create a lasting legacy through it. By having such legacy pieces, the general public will always be reminded about the need for inclusion and acceptance.

The initiative will, however, happen after the closing ceremony on March 21, which promises to be a spectacular show just like the opener.

On Thursday, thousands of fans will be entertained by the likes of Emirati singer Hamad Al Ameri, Khaleeji idol Rashed Al Majed and Iraqi star Waleed Al Shami - all appearing together at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Also, there will be the world premiere of the Games' official song's music video 'Right Where I'm Supposed to Be'.

Later, athletes and coaches will take part in parade to bring curtains down on the largest sporting and humanitarian event of the year.

The ceremony will start by 7pm and tickets are available for purchase on

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