The Special Olympics World Games will be held this week in Abu Dhabi, CNN reports.
The Middle East has lagged behind the rest of the world in respecting the needs and potential of people, but the tide is turning.
Cultural and social barriers are being overcome.
A vivid example of progress will begin when more than 7,500 athletes from more than 190 countries will meet in the United Arab Emirates.
The games in Abu Dhabi are the first World Games to be held in the region, and the biggest ever.