After fanfare, fireworks and Luis Fonsi at the opening ceremony, it was down to business of winning gold on day one of the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE women basketballers got their quest for gold under way against Finland while powelifting, bocce, volleyball and gymastics events began at Adnec in the capital.
Outside of Adnec Arena, the UAE Unified Football Team got their campaign back on track with a 4-0 win over South Africa.
Khalid Al Maamari scored a brace and goals from Ayman Al Maqbali and Abdelaziz Al Hamour gave the energetic home crowd something to savour at Zayed Sports City.
The UAE, who were edged out 2-1 by Spain on Tuesday, take on Jamaica in its final Group A match.
Check out the gallery above for the picture highlights on the first day of action
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