Iran's Siamand Rahman won gold in the men's +100kg category at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images
The 2014 world championships will be the latest stop for athletes on their road to Rio 2016.
The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships were held in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and attracted around 300 athletes from 50 countries.
The competition which ran from 5-11 April 2014, was at the Dubai Club for the Disabled.
The city of Dubai itself previously held the world championships in 1998 and is accustomed to holding para-sport events, including the Fazza International Powerlifting Championships and the Fazza International Athletics Competition, which are both held annually.
The 2014 world championships were the latest stop for athletes on their road to Rio 2016.
Dubai enjoys, without a doubt, one of the best locations on the planet. Situated halfway between Europe and Asia, few destinations take more than eight hours direct flying time to or from Dubai. Just overnight from London, four hours from Nairobi, three hours from Mumbai, eight hours from Hong Kong and a direct flight from the United States or Australia.
Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation - from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre - to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics hub and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic nucleus of the Arabian Gulf region.