We’re sure we’re not the only ones who have been desperately waiting for this day to come.
The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 takes place on March 14 at Zayed Sports City, and tickets are now on sale for the general public to purchase.
Passes for the spectacular event are going for Dhs100 per person, and 40,000 spectators are expected to attend.
Kicking off at 5pm, the night will include a parade featuring 7,500 athletes from more than 190 nations. It will be the largest number of athletes and nations to ever take part in a parade at a Special Olympics opening ceremony.
The athletes will also be joined by a number of international celebrities and sporting heroes. So make sure you keep an eye out and try to spot them.
After this, it’s time for the awe-inspiring performances, which have each been designed to encapsulate the spirit of the Olympic dream.
These displays have been created by a group of organisers known as ‘The Makers’, people of determination who have played a key role in creating and staging the opening ceremony.
Finally, Special Olympics UAE athletes will complete the Law Enforcement Torch Run by carrying the ‘Flame of Hope’ into the stadium and lighting a cauldron to mark the beginning of the games.
The opening ceremony will also be broadcast live across the world to millions of people.
Dhs100. Mar 14 5pm. Zayed Sports City, www.meetthedetermined.com.