In 2019, Abu Dhabi is to host the Special Olympics World Games, the largest humanitarian sporting event ever to be held for the first time in the MENA region.
The Special Olympics World Games will bring together 7,500 athletes from more than 190 countries. This global event reiterates the UAE’s commitment and dedication in integrating people of determination into the community, while raising awareness and countering perceptions.
The short documentary “DetermiNATION”, focuses on the personal stories of People of Determination, aiming to encourage volunteer work and community initiatives that have an impact during and after the Games. By presenting real life experiences, the documentary celebrates the success and achievement of a group of inspiring individuals from the UAE. It also illuminates on initiatives stemmed from a long-term vision in the shaping of a better, more inclusive society. Sharifa Yateem, the first Emirati to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst specialized in autism, acts as narrator throughout.
“DetermiNATION” was produced by Mubadala Investment Company, an official sponsor of the Special Olympics World Games 2019.
Mohammed is a thirteen-year old resident living in in Abu Dhabi with his family. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, when he exhibited signs of delayed speech and hyperactivity. Since his diagnosis, Mohammed has come along way through an intensive Applied Behavior Analysis program, speech therapy, occupational therapy and academic programs.
Saif is a fourteen-year old golfer and will participate in not only his first Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi , but he will also be the first Emirati to play golf at the 2019 Games. Saif, who has been diagnosed with autism, has previously emceed at the local New England Center for Children’s talent show and was recently given an award by Abu Dhabi Police for his knowledge and dedication to UAE law.
Hamda Al Hosani is an Emirati athlete and a Special Olympics gold winner since 2008. She is passionate towards sports and running. She ran in the LA Games in 2015 and in Tunisia, where she clocked her fastest run at 14 seconds for 100 meters. With 17 gold medals, Hamda is one of the most successful Special Olympic athletes in the world.
Clari is a 26 year old, and has lived in Abu Dhabi for ten years. She is a certified Zumba instructor, and teaches classes in Abu Dhabi. She was trained at the SEDRA Foundation. Clari has worked and volunteered in several places, including Daman Health, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Mangrove Village Health Club.
Sharifa Yateem the first Emirati to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst specialized in autism. Passionate in her area of expertise, Sharifa is a strong supportor of inclusion, especially in education and vocational jobs. Sharifa received her BA at the Irish American University, her masters at Trinity College Dublin (Dublin University), and is currently pursuing her Phd at the British University of Dubai. She has been invited to talk about autism and inclusion Internationally.
Homaid is the Deputy Group CEO and Chief Corporate & Human Capital Officer at Mubadala Investment Company. He oversees Mubadala’s Human Capital, Emiratization, Business Services, Enterprise Technology Services, Government Affairs and Construction Management Services.
He is responsible for employee career growth, talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, Emiratization and manages the delivery of a variety of business support services.
Rahat Ghazanfar, MD, is a Staff Physician in the General Medicine Department in the Medical Subspecialties Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Ghazanfar worked as a Family Medicine Consultant at Intercare Health Center and Kings College Clinic in Abu Dhabi. Her personal mission is to help shape Primary Care and Family Medical Care in the UAE. In addition, Dr. Ghazanfar aspires to have a role in shaping a cost effective but world class Community Care for the population of Abu Dhabi.
Secretary-General of Zayed Humanitarian Organization.
His Excellency Abdullah Abdulaali Al-Humaidan is the Secretary General of Zayed Humanitarian Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO). As the only organization of its kind in Abu Dhabi, Zayed Humanitarian Organization looks after all aspects related to people of determination, including education, health, rehabilitation and integration into society. In this role, Al-Humaidan oversees the organization’s operations and activities across all sectors (public, private, and external affairs).
In his capacity as Secretary General, Al Humaidan launched a number of programs and initiatives geared toward People of Determination. These include the development of a sign language dictionary, which was approved by the UAE Council of Ministers, and a classification manual for people of determination in Abu Dhabi.
Also under his leadership, an electronic module for early detection of disabilities was developed. Launched at GITEX 2018 under the name “Software 12/3, it is considered as one of the most strategic initiatives for Abu Dhabi.