Tonight’s Special Olympics closing ceremony has been declared a free event.
Just hours before the show is due to begin, it was announced that the Dh60 fare which has been charged for months would be waived.
Those who have already bought seats will get a refund, organisers said.
“We are pleased to announce that the Closing Ceremony will be open to the public for free, and those who have already purchased tickets will be refunded by Ticketmaster Middle East,” Special Olympics World Games announced on its social media platforms.
Special Olympics closing ceremony live: Abu Dhabi World Games draw to an end
“We invite you to join us to celebrate this historic close to the UAE’s proud hosting of the worlds largest sports and humanitarian event and most unified Games in the history of Special Olympics.”
Free tickets are available through Ticketmaster, with seats still available as of 3:30pm. The announcement that the event would be free came at shortly after 8am on Thursday morning.
Tickets can be printed out at home or downloaded onto a smartphone.
The closing ceremony follows a week of competition between athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Singers Nicole Scherzinger and Keala Settle are among those due to perform at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. Also performing on the night will be Bahrani-Saudi musician Rashed Al Majed, Iraqi star Waleed Al Shami and Emirati singer Hamad Al Ameri.
Doors open at 5pm and the main ceremony, expected to last around an hour, will get under way at 7pm.