Special Olympics Torch run to visit all seven Emirates

By Sheena Amos

ABU DHABI 20 February 2019: The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run will tour all seven emirates for ten days from 4th to 13th March.

The Torch will begin its journey in Fujairah before touring every emirate and ending in Abu Dhabi at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games on 14th March, to announce the beginning of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

The Torch Run is being organised by the Ministry of Interior in partnership with the Local Organising Committee, LOC, of the World Games.

Torch Itinerary

The Torch will arrive into Abu Dhabi Airport from Athens on board an Etihad Airways flight on 28th February before the Torch Run starts at Wadi Al Wurayah Waterfalls in Fujairah at 9 am on 4th March.

The Torch will then travel to Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah, spending a day visiting iconic locations in each of the four Emirates including Jebel Jais, Fujairah Fort, Al Majaz Waterfront and Al Thiqa Club, a Sharjah-based club set up especially to support People of Determination, which also serves as a training venue for a number of Special Olympics UAE athletes.

The Torch Run will then spend two days in Dubai where it will be carried past several attractions including the Burj Al Arab, Dubai Frame, Al Seef Village and the Atlantis Hotel, with a ceremony in Burj Park at 5.20 pm on Sunday 10th March.

After Dubai, the Torch Run will spend a day each in Al Ain and Al Dhafra before concluding its route in Abu Dhabi with a visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Founder’s Memorial, Abu Dhabi Louvre and other iconic city locations.

People across the UAE will have the unprecedented opportunity to see the flame visit all seven emirates ahead of its arrival at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games on 14th March.

Known as Guardians of the Flame, the Torch will be carried by Special Olympics athletes and hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the world.

Members of the public are invited to attend each location to watch the Flame of Hope go past, while special ceremonies will be held at the end of each day in every emirate for communities to gather and celebrate the values of inclusivity and unity that Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and the LETR aims to promote.

Dubai Gazette