Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Kanoo Group extended its heartfelt congratulations to the UAE for overall ranking fifth in the world, and first in the Arab world, in the recent 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces inaugurated the said event.
Members of The Kanoo Group also commended Mohamed Mubarak from Kanoo Machinery, who played an important role as a Trainer to a team of nine athletes that overall won first place in the Individual Equestrian Games category, with 18 medals (6 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 7 bronze).
The Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for people with determination in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. The World Games was hosted for the first time in the Middle East & North Africa Region since its founding 50 years ago. Over 7,000 athletes from around the world (190 countries) headed in Abu Dhabi to proudly represent their nations and compete in a series of different sports.
The grand opening ceremony was graced by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Macky Sall of Senegal, and Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates: Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Shaikh Saud Bin Rashid Al Mu’alla of Umm Al Qaiwain, and Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah.
Mohamed Mubarak said, “I am proud to represent The Kanoo Group and to be a part of the Special Olympics team with such an incredible achievement. With this great success, we wish your continued support in our participation in the upcoming Olympics in Sweden, in 2021. Thank you.”
He also said, “This global movement focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination through the power of sport. Let us all continue to inspire people with special needs to overcome the obstacles, to develop and to show their full potentials.”
The UAE ranked fifth in the world with 128 medals (64 gold medals, 55 silver medals and 63 bronze), behind United States (Fourth place), India (Third place), Russia (Second place) and Canada (First place).