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Olympiad was a period of 4 years in ancient Greece. Each period of 4 years started with the Olympic Games. The first recognized Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C.

In the modern time, the first edition of Olympic Games was organized under the umbrella of the International Olympic Committee in 1896 in Athens; where 295 athletes from 13 countries took place.

In the UAE, the Olympic sports movement is demonstrated in establishing of the UAE National Olympic Committee in 1979; which became an affiliated member of the International Olympic Committee in 1980.

The participated in the following Olympic Games:

Los Angeles 1984 Seoul 1988 Barcelona 1992
Atlanta 1996 Sydney 2000 Athens 2004

In Athens Olympic Games 2004, the UAE scored the first Olympic gold medal in the history of its Olympic participations. Thanks to the world & Olympic Champion Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hasher Al Maktoum who deservedly clinched the Olympic gold in Shooting, Double Trap events.

The UAE will take part in Beijing Olympic Games 2008 in 6 spots discipline and 7 athletes in shooting (Trap, Double Trap, Skate), equestrian (show jumping), Taekwondoand athletics.

On this important occasion, Emirates Post has issued a set of commemorative stamps in four denominations.