Special Olympics UAE athletes given behind-the-scenes tour and meet gaming stars at BLAST Premier World Final in Abu Dhabi

  • Sixteen athletes who are passionate about gaming, attended Saturday’s semi-finals at the Etihad Arena.
  • BLAST has partnered with AD Gaming to host the season-ending tournament in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: More than 15 UAE Special Olympics athletes who are passionate about gaming had a day to remember as they experienced their first global esports tournament at the BLAST Premier World Final in Abu Dhabi.

As well as watching the semi-finals at the Etihad Arena, the People of Determination athletes and coaches were treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, organised by BLAST, as they got a first-hand look of the main stage and an insight into how BLAST delivers world-class esports entertainment experiences.

The athletes also got the chance to see professional gamers from across the region’s leading esports clubs including Nasr Esports and Team Falcons.

The athletes also visited the BLAST Gaming Zone who tested their gaming skills on a variety of games including FIFA.

The Special Olympics UAE is one of many organisations that are realising the enormous potential of gaming it has including education and inclusion following the rapid emergence of gaming ang esports in the Middle East.

BLAST has partnered with AD Gaming, a pioneering gaming and esports initiative to bring its season-ending BLAST Premier World Final to the UAE capital for the first time as part of a three-year partnership.

The tournament has attracted eight of the world’s biggest esports organisations as they battle for glory and a share of the prize pool of USD $1 million.


We’re on a mission to take esports to the next level of global entertainment. We excite and invite billions of fans to join the esports revolution. We create live and digital experiences – from tournaments that pack out major arenas around the world to great content that’s guaranteed to blow your socks off.

We work with some of the world’s best game publishers and brands to elevate their properties into amazing esports experiences – having delivered tournaments, content and shows in a variety of games, including: Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, VALORANT, Apex Legends, FIFA 2022 and Fortnite.

Over the last year, we’ve been working with Fortnite to develop industry leading, year-round, calendar of exciting and competitive esports events. Following last year’s FNCS All-Star Showdown and FNCS Grand Royale tournaments, we’re now operating the entire FNCS Chapter 3 broadcast schedule during each Fortnite Season for 2022.

BLAST Premier is a worldwide Counter-Strike tournament series where the best teams and biggest superstars fight it out for glory and a multi-million dollar prize pool. Famous for its unparalleled production quality and game changing fan-first moments. Attracting tens-of-thousands of fans to our crazy-big-adrenaline-pumped live events in big arenas from London and Copenhagen to Miami and Sao Paulo, with millions more watching at home on our broadcast tuning in from more than 154 territories and in 25 different languages.

About Special Olympics UAE:

In October 2017, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced Special Olympics UAE as an independent organization dedicated to changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Her Highness Sheikha Maryam Bint Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was appointed as the Honorary President, and Her Excellency Shamma Bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

The organization aims to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through sports while providing them with leadership opportunities to help them display their talents and integrate them with the mainstream society.

Special Olympics UAE has launched a variety of community programs, including those focused on families and young athletes. It has also introduced a number of initiatives to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to create a more inclusive society.

The Special Olympics of the UAE received international recognition from the International Special Olympics Foundation-USA in December 2017.