The Ministry of Interior (MoI) will host its second sports festival for disabled individuals on the 22nd of February at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, bringing together various specialized centers and clubs for individuals with disabilities in the UAE.

Colonel Mohammed Hamid bin Dalmouj Al Dhaheri, Strategy and Performance Development Director General at the Ministry of Interior, underlined that the second edition of the festival is held under the patronage of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. “The festival embodies the attention and care accorded by His Highness to people with special needs at various levels. It provides them with all means of rehabilitation and develops their intellectual and athletic abilities, which enhances their self-confidence,” he said.

Additionally, Colonel Al Dhaheri stressed that the Disabled Sports Festival plays a pioneering humanitarian role by serving people with disabilities. “This festival is an important tool to build the character and increase the self-confidence of people with disabilities and improves their inclusion into society alongside their able-bodied peers,” he pointed out. Moreover, he indicated that the festival will feature 18 sports competitions spanning all age groups for males and females. There will be recreational games for families, horseback riding, and leisure and cultural activities for children, with gifts and competitions. “The festival represents an opportunity to demonstrate the high and developed capabilities, skills and competencies of people with special needs in the various games,” noted Al Dhaheri.

The festival committee held a coordinating meeting at the Police Staff Stadium in Abu Dhabi, headed by Colonel Al Dhaheri, in the presence of representatives from the participating parties involved in supporting the festival. During the meeting, participants discussed the program schedule of the festival, the tasks of the participants, the means of dealing with people with disabilities, the healthy diet which helps to develop their athletic and intellectual skills, and suggestions to further develop festival programs for disabled individuals.

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