Tickets go on sale for Abu Dhabi's dazzling Special Olympics opening ceremony

More than 40,000 spectators will be in Zayed Sports City Stadium on the evening on Thursday, March 14

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - March 17, 2018: Athletes participate in a parade during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics IX MENA Games Abu Dhabi 2018, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
( Ryan Carter for the Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi )
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Tickets have gone on sale for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

The event will take place at Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday, 14 March from 5pm.

Organisers said it is to be a "spectacular celebration of humanity at its brilliant best".

More than 40,000 spectators will be in the stadium for the ceremony, which will be beamed to television screens at home and abroad on ESPN and Abu Dhabi TV.

Spectators will see the largest number of nations take part in a parade at a Special Olympics Opening Ceremony – with more than 7,500 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing more than 190 nations

The athletes will be accompanied by international celebrities and sporting heroes.

Opening ceremony tickets cost Dh100 and go live on Ticketmaster on Wednesday, which can also be accessed through