Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi was officially opened on Thursday.

The ceremony featured performances from global superstars including Avril Lavigne and an athletes parade featuring 200 nations.

Among those are a delegation of 12 from the Commonwealth of Dominica, seven (7) athletes and five (5) officials.

The climax of the event at Zayed Sports City was the lighting of the cauldron, completing the Flame of Hope torch run which began in Athens and has touched each Emirate across the UAE.

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