Nicole Scherzinger and other big names heading to Abu Dhabi for Special Olympics

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Fans and athletes have a lot to look forward to at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, including big-name celebrities.

They include singer Nicole Scherzinger, track and field veteran Bob Beamon, former French swimmer Alain Bernard as well as American sabre fencing and snowboarding athletes Ibtihaj Muhammad and Hannah Teter, to name a few.

They are helping to raise awareness of the Special Olympics movement.

The event will see more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations competing.

Not only will it be the first time the World Games are being held in the Middle East, but it will be the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.

The event runs from March 14-21.

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