Special Olympics
Dr Timothy Shriver
Chairman
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Objective

The host had to be able to accommodate the needs of the athletes, coaches, and spectators. As such, the Games’ organizers were searching for an ideally-situated, large capacity venue that offered good transport; wheelchair accessibility; and services such as catering, cleaning, parking, and security. ADNEC checked all of these boxes. 

ADNEC is located at a distance of only 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and is less than 1.5 hours from Dubai International Airport. The award-winning venue is also a walking distance of numerous three to five-star hotels, offering c.2,000 rooms.

In addition to its efficient accessibility and service providers surrounding the site, ADNEC also offers world-class catering through award-winning, in-house caterer, Capital Hospitality via a variety of restaurants, cafes and food trucks, which served the thousands of visitors during the Games. Every floor within the complex is accessible by ramps or elevators, as are several parking bays. Optimal navigability allows all guests to feel welcome on the premises.
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Execution

Tasked with hosting 11 different categories—the most for any location in the 2019 Games—ADNEC provided venues for games ranging from basketball to judo.
Before, during, and after the Games, both event planning and in-house event production, ADNEC Services dedicated staff members were involved in pre-rigging and mark out; creating a staging area for trucks; coordinating pre-contractual access to the event site; providing 24-hour build and breakdown at no additional cost; facilitating access to the CAD team; and accommodating last-minute branding requests.
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Investment in solar panels and water saving technology In addition to working towards becoming a sustainable venue, we run an annual ‘Think Green’ campaign which incorporates a community initiative named ‘Stop and Donate’, this year, the programme collected over 2,500kg of items for donation to the Red Crescent or recycling. 

In addition to its efficient accessibility and service providers surrounding the site, ADNEC also offers world-class catering through award-winning, in-house caterer, Capital Hospitality via a variety of restaurants, cafes and food trucks, which served the thousands of visitors during the Games. Every floor within the complex is accessible by ramps or elevators, as are several parking bays. Optimal navigability allows all guests to feel welcome on the premises.
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