It comes as no surprise that the United Arab Emirates’ Paralympic team were given a hero’s welcome when they arrived at Dubai Airport on Monday.
With a team made up of only 18 athletes, the UAE won a total of seven medals, a record for the country.
On Tuesday, they were greeted by none other than His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The UAE came in in 38th place out of 76 competing countries, an extremely impressive feat for a county with an Emirati population of around 1.5 million people.
Veteran powerlifter Mohammad Khamis Khalaf and 800-metre wheelchair racer Mohammad Al Hammadi both won gold in their respective competitions.
Shooter Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani (seen above) was another star of the show, winning three silver medals across various disciplines.
Another impressive feat was that of shot putters Noura Al Ketbi and Sara Al Senaani, who became the first UAE women to win medals with their silver and bronze wins.
“The will conquers the impossible and no success is without resolve and determination,” His Highness Sheokh Mohammed was quoted as saying by the state news agency Wam.