Sharjah will host the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games from tomorrow with seven sports on the programme.
Archery, athletics, badminton, swimming, shooting, table tennis and wheelchair fencing will all be contested in the United Arab Emirates.
The flagship IWAS event is viewed as an important stop on the road to next year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo, with qualification points available.
A total of 1,462 athletes, coaches, referees and technical staff are expected to attend in all.
A group of 45 countries will be represented.
Competition will be held at three main venues - including the Al Thiqa Club for the Handicapped where wheelchair fencing is set to begin tomorrow and conclude on Saturday (February 16).
Archery and athletics will also be held at the same venue from Wednesday to Saturday (February 13 to 16).
Badminton, table tennis and swimming competitions will be held between Wednesday and Friday (February 13 and 15) at the American University of Sharjah.
Shooting will also begin tomorrow at the Al Dhaid Shooting Club, lasting until Wednesday.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of the Organising Committee, said: "Hosting this championship is one of the key steps for Sharjah in sharing its inspiring message to the world, which is to provide competitive opportunities to sportsmen and women with a physical disability.
"The IWAS World Games Sharjah 2019 deeply resonates with the Emirate's values demonstrated through our community initiatives directed towards achieving inclusivity and humanitarianism locally and internationally."
Wheelchair fencing competition will include the first World Cup leg of the season and also incorporate the Under-23 and Under-17 World Championships.
Several world number ones will be taking part including Italy's Paralympic, world and European foil category B champion Beatrice Vio.
In athletics, home hopes will centre on Paralympic 800 metres T34 champion Mohamed Al Hammadi who will race on his local track.
UAE interest will also be strong at the shooting range where Abdullah Sultan Alaryani is the reigning world champion in the R7 50m rifle prone SH1 and the R6 50m rifle three positions SH1.
The former able-bodied shooter competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and won three silver medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
India's Pramod Bhagat should be a star attraction in the badminton, and comes into the event as the number one player in the SL3 category before the sport's Paralympic debut in Tokyo.
After the first day of sport tomorrow, an Opening Ceremony will be held on Tuesday (February 12).