The Special Olympics World Games can give the local economy a boost.
The World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi was worth almost Dh1 billion to the local economy a study shows.
It’s no secret that Special Olympics World Games engage thousands of athletes and volunteers – as well as spectators – from all around the world.
During ten days in March 18 000 visitors from across the globe visited the Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They cheered on 7 000 athletes from 200 countries that participated in 24 sports.
Now, a study by independent auditors have found that the World Games in Abu Dhabi was worth almost Dh1 billion to the local economy (equivalent to 2,5 billion Swedish Krona or 272.25 million US dollar), reports the UAE news source The National.
According to The National, PwC Middle East said that the event generated Dh957 million in economic output. Economic output measures the value of all sales of goods and services generated by expenditure in big events.
– We are humbled and proud of the achievements that the United Arab Emirates demonstrated through these findings, Mohamad Abdulla Al Junaibi, chair of the Local Organizing Committee, said to The National.
Up next is the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Sweden. The Games will take place from February 6th to 12th in 2021 and 2 000 athletes, 2 500 volunteers and thousands of spectators are expected. Seven sports are offered: snowboarding, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, figure skating, speed skating and floor ball.