Etisalat and Special Olympics UAE have signed a MoU making Etisalat the official telecoms partner of both Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018 and Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. The operator will manage the connectivity throughout the multiple venues for the entirety of the games.
The strategic partnership with Etisalat is expected to deliver seamless and secure technology operations and services that provide instant communication to athletes, spectators, organisers, officials, media, TV viewers and Internet users worldwide during the Games.
Eng. Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO, Etisalat Group, said: “Etisalat is immensely proud to be supporting the Special Olympics World Games in the UAE, which is in line with Etisalat’s endeavour to be at the forefront of international major sporting events and works towards fulfilling our responsibility to support world-renowned initiatives that benefit people of determination. It is a key element of Etisalat’s corporate social responsibility strategy to provide equal opportunities to all especially that sport is a right and must be accessible to all throughout the society.
“This strategic partnership serves as a great platform for us to connect with a larger global audience and host a prestigious event like Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. As an official partner, Etisalat will also enable customers to enjoy the benefits of a nation-wide network, seamless connectivity and fast speeds.”
Mohamad Abdulla Al Junaibi, chairman of the Higher Committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “There is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes for a global event such as Special Olympics and having a partner such as Etisalat on board means that athletes can easily reach their friends and families, spectators can seamlessly get online whilst at our Games venues and that our staff have access to tools to ensure they can do their jobs to the best of their ability – all of these things will ensure the Games are a huge success.”
Abu Dhabi will be the first city ever to host both the MENA and World Games within a year of each another. Special Olympics IX MENA Games, which will run from March 14-22, will run across several of Abu Dhabi’s world-class venues, including ADNEC, Zayed Sports City, Yas Marina Circuit, NYUAD, Officer’s Club, Mubadala IPC Arena, Al Jazira Sports Club and Al Forsan Club. More than 20,000 overseas visitors are expected to join tens of thousands of spectators from across the UAE to watch what is likely to be the largest global event ever staged in the UAE capital.