|10 March, 2019

Emirates Post encourages people to send messages of support to Special Olympics UAE athletes

The activation will be located at Dubai Festival City on Sunday, 10 March (10am-9pm) and at venues hosting Special Olympics events including Zayed Sports City and Hamdan Sports Complex for the duration of the Games.

Dubai, UAE – To celebrate the upcoming Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 (14-21 March), Emirates Post is encouraging people to send messages of support to the participating Special Olympics UAE athletes. Post boxes and postcards, which have been designed by students and Abdulla Lutfy, Special Olympics UAE athlete, will be placed at various locations across the United Arab Emirates where members of the public can write personalised messages. These will then be delivered by Emirates Post to the UAE National team.

The activation will be located at Dubai Festival City on Sunday, 10 March (10am–9pm) and at venues hosting Special Olympics events including Zayed Sports City and Hamdan Sports Complex for the duration of the Games.

Four of the five chosen postcard designs feature several winners of a unified art competition that took place last year across Dubai and Abu Dhabi schools; Danah from ADNOC school, Ann Sony, Jana S, Zayna and Shabiyaa from Adis Al Wathba school, and students from BSAK and Future Rehabilitation Center. The fifth design features a drawing done by the talented artist and Special Olympics UAE athlete, Abdullah Lutfy.

Commenting on this initiative, Obaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Post Group, said: “We are incredibly excited about the upcoming Special Olympics World Games, which promote values of acceptance and inclusion, and it is extremely fitting that they are being hosted in the UAE during the Year of Tolerance. As Abu Dhabi and Dubai prepare to host the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event, we wanted to build anticipation and give members of the public the opportunity to engage with the Special Olympics National Team who are representing the UAE amongst athletes travelling from all over the world for this prestigious event. The passion and dedication of these athletes is truly inspirational and we invite everyone to get behind them 100% by sending them a personal message of encouragement and support.”

Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE, said: “This initiative will help to provide motivation for the athletes as they prepare to compete in the biggest Special Olympics World Games in the history of the event. We appreciate Emirates Posts’ commitment to Special Olympics and for furthering the ideals of inclusion.”

The Special Olympics World Games will take place in Abu Dhabi from 14-21 March 2019 and will welcome over 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations.

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About Emirates Post Group:
Emirates Post Group is a federal government agency operating across the emirates, where it manages the planning of its postal operational division and subsidiaries, which consist of Emirates Post, Wall Street Exchange and the Electronic Documents Centre. The Group is the official entity responsible for licensing all postal, courier and logistics services within the UAE. The Dubai-based Group manages Emirates Post; the leading postal and express delivery provider in the region. Emirates Post Group has been a member of UPU since 1973.

Media Centre: https://www.media.abudhabi2019.org/

Tickets
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 can be purchased, here: https://www.ticketmaster.ae/event/7529?brand=ae_sowg
Those interested in watching the athletes compete in 24 Olympic-style sports can visit www.meetthedetermined.com where registration is open for all Games-time dates and venues.

About Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is an integral part of local, national and regional plans to expand opportunities for people of determination in line with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s shared vision of a unified and inclusive society.

Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2019. From 14 – 21 March, over 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches, representing more then 190 nations, will participate in 24 officially sanctioned Olympic-style sports in world-class venues throughout Abu Dhabi and Dubai.‫ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The first ever Special Olympics World Games to be held in the Middle East and North Africa will also be the most unified Games in the 50-year history of the Special Olympics movement, with inclusion of people of determination with intellectual disabilities in every aspect of the event.

For more information on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit abuDhabi2019.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Contacts:
Seven Media
Sharan Sunner
sharansunner@sevenmedia.ae  
00971 55 698 4327

Emirates Post Group
Maya Albaradie
Director of Public Relations
Email address: maya.albaradie@epg.gov.ae; media@epg.gov.ae 

Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Sultan Sarieddine
Email address: Sultan.Sarieddine@hkstrategies.com

Ritika Khushalani
Email address: Ritika.khushalani@hkstrategies.com

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