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Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions. Comprising 22 Arab states, along with Iran,  Special Olympics in the Middle East-North Africa region has been flourishing throughout the past several years. The region managed to increase the number of its athletes from 20,000 in 2001 up to 150,000 in 2013.

Cairo was host to the 2014 regional games. Read more
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Stories from Middle East-North Africa


April 29, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Morocco

Region Program Leaders Share Accomplishments, Challenges and Goals in Morocco

By Noha Gaballa

Special Olympics leaders from the Middle East-North Africa Region reviewed major accomplishments of the last year and discussed key issues at the Regional Advisory Council meeting in Morocco.View Story Special Olympics leaders from the Middle East-North Africa Region reviewed major accomplishments of the last year and discussed key issues at the Regional Advisory Council meeting in Morocco. The meeting was in Marrakesh from 16 to 19 April 2015. It was attended by Special Olympics Regional President and Managing Director Ayman Abdel Wahab, Regional Advisory Council members and other Program leaders from the MENA region. At the outset of the meeting, the highlights of last year’s achievements were summarized including the major sports event that took place in Cairo, the Special Olympics MENA Regional Games. After that, the meeting reviewed the Region's executive plan of activities for 2015, such as Special Olympic Unified Football Cup Qualifiers, the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games and other Regional forums and training seminars. The attendees also discussed a number of prominent issues like partnership development and fundraising. The development of the next Special Olympics strategic plan for 2016-2020 was briefly discussed. Last but not least, all Programs’ leaders shared their vision and strategic priorities for the upcoming period; the meeting was fruitful & yielded a number of recommendations.

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April 28, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Bahrain

Special Olympics Bahrain Athletes in the Formula One

By Noha Gaballa

During the Formula One three-day event in Bahrain, Special Olympics Bahrain athletes were invited to attend the most popular annual car race in the world.View Story During the Formula One three-day event in Bahrain, Special Olympics Bahrain athletes were invited to attend the most popular annual car race in the world. All eyes were on Bahrain International Circuit on 17 April as 2015 Formula one Gulf Air Bahrain kicked of. The Formula one event this year was very special with the presence of the Special Olympics athletes, who were very excited and had great fun. The Formula one was attended by famous celebrities and singers from the Middle East. The Special Olympics athletes took photos with the cars, Formula One stars and famous celebrities in aimed airs of joy and excitement. The athletes enjoyed the wonderful mix of racing, entertainment and plenty of action all weekend and wished all teams the best of luck.

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April 21, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Omar El Shenawy beats the odds to reach his goal

By Noha Gaballa

Omar receiving the award for his acheivments

selected to serve as a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. He is a drummer, university student and one of the most prominent equestrian champions in the Middle East-North Africa region.View Story Omar El Shenawy, a 20-year-old Special Olympics athlete, was selected to serve as a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. He is a drummer, university student and one of the most prominent equestrian champions in the Middle East-North Africa region. He participated in Special Olympics local and regional games and earned many gold medals. Omar’s mother, Mira, was totally devoted to her son and exerted all the needed efforts and break down all the barriers she faced to make him a well-educated champion. His nonstop efforts are the reason that he was selected to represent the Middle East-North Africa region and its athletes. In his role as an International Global Messenger, he will help spread the message of acceptance,friendship and dignity for all the intellectual disabilities athletes around the world. His role gives him the chance to declare that all people deserve to be included and respected for who they are. "It’s time to redefine our world and take our rights in our societies," Omar said. Omar has given speeches at local and regional Special Olympics events; he talked about himself and his hopes. He received endless applause from the audience.

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April 21, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Tunisia

A Volunteer with Special Olympics

By أنيس الحضري

I am a young Tunisian who chose to be a volunteer in Special Olympics because I see that this activity should be done.View Story I am a young Tunisian who chose to be a volunteer in Special Olympics because I see that this activity should be done. I am interested in volunteer work, especially with people with intellectual disabilities or health problems. I see there is a need to reach a broader base of people with intellectual disabilities who are still facing some difficulties and challenges.

About أنيس الحضري:I am a young Tunisian, and I have obtained a university level of education. I am 29 years old.
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April 15, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

# Reach up LA “Less than 100 days away & counting”

By Noha Gaballa

Celebrating respect, dignity and inclusion for People with intellectual disabilities.

In the circle of inclusion, All SO MENA Regional staff headed by the Regional President and Managing Director Ayman Abdel Wahab were included to support and celebrate the countdown for 2015 SO World Summer games .View Story In the circle of inclusion, All SO MENA Regional staff headed by the Regional President and Managing Director Ayman Abdel Wahab were included to support and celebrate the countdown for 2015 SO World Summer games that is only less than 100 days away, as it will take place in LA “from 25 July- 3 August 2015” with the participation of 177 countries with a total 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches along with 30,000 volunteers and around 500,000 spectators; which will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.

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Upcoming Events Around the World


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May 11, 2015

Special Olympics Middle East/North-Africa Regional Triathlon

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 3 days during our first ever Special Olympics Middle East/North-Africa Regional triathlon competition. This event will be held 11-13 May in Bahrain. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form.
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BAHRAIN

May 29, 2015

Families Forum and Young Athletes

Join us May 29-30 in the United Arab Emirates for the Special Olympics Middle East/North-Africa regional families forum and young athletes event. Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. Children ages 2 to 7 will enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oct 26, 2015

Gymnastics, Volleyball and Speedball Head Coaches Seminar

During October 26-28 Special Olympics will be hosting a gymnastics, volleyball and speedball coaching seminar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This seminar will provide training athlete conditioning, sports skills development and sports rules.
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA


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