What a SPECTACULAR line-up!
The opening ceremony of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was a night to remember… with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain al Jassmi and Tamer Hosny all giving some LIT performances making the crowd go crazy on Thursday night.
The games was opened by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
“We are proud to be here with the Special Olympics athletes. We send a message to the world that anything is possible with determination,” said he in his inaugural speech
Even HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai was part of the historic night
Today, I attended the spectacular opening ceremony of the @WorldGamesAD 2019, the largest humanitarian sporting event in the world, held in the UAE capital with more than 7,500 athletes participating from around 190 countries. pic.twitter.com/mSCkMtlgUh
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) March 14, 2019
More than 7,500 athletes competing from over 195 countries and territories were introduced in the athlete’s parade
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The spirit of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was alive yesterday at the Opening Ceremony. We welcomed athletes from 195+ nations to participate in the largest sports and humanitarian event on the planet. Are you ready to #MeetTheDetermined? See you at the Games! #ها_هم_أصحاب_الهمم#أبوظبي2019#عام_التسامح
However, the highlight of the evening was when Canadian popstar Avril Lavigne sang the Special Olympics anthem, ‘Right Where I’m Supposed To Be’ alongside other incredible musicians…
What a sight to behold
It was such an honor performing the new @SpecialOlympics anthem with @LuisFonsi and many other incredible musicians at the Special Olympics @WorldGamesAD Opening Ceremonies! Good luck everyone ? #MeetTheDetermined pic.twitter.com/fm1xZrPijG
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) March 14, 2019