How to watch the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony live
A spectacular parade of 7,500 athletes led by stars and celebrities gets underway from 6pm
Thousands of athletes and tens of thousands of spectators are gearing up for the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi.
The National will be bringing you live updates from Zayed Sports City Stadium.
Pop stars including Avril Lavigne, Despacito singer Luis Fonsi and Emirati performer Hussain Al Jassmi will give live performances and together sing the Special Olympics anthem Right Where I Am Supposed to Be.
The Flame of Hope torch - which has been carried across the UAE since March 4 - will complete its journey and be used to light a cauldron in front of tens of thousands of spectators.
About 7,500 athletes will take part in a 90-minute-long parade.
“I have never seen anything like the preparation that has been put in over the past couple of years into ensuring these games will be the best World Games in the history of the Special Olympics movement," Mary Davis, the Special Olympics chief executive, said on Wednesday.
Updated: March 15, 2019 05:02 PM