The Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics has taken place in Abu Dhabi.
91 Irish athletes are taking part in 12 sports at the games from athletics to gymnastics.
Team Ireland has 2 Kildare members: 37 year old Naas equestrian athlete Conor Byrne, and 38 year old bowler, Padraig Reilly
Hundreds of family and friends have traveled with them.
Mike Ford, the head Golf Coach for Team Ireland, says excitement is building.