Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed stands for a photograph with members of the Board of Directors of WorldSkill, HE Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET)
Launch Ceremony WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the official launch of worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017 happened at the Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi on the 30th January 2017.
At the WorldSkills General Assembly in 2013, EmiratesSkills was awarded the right to host the WorldSkills Competition in 2017.
The UAE is the first country in the Middle East to host a WorldSkills Competition, which take place every two years in a different city around the world. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi is the 44th competition and will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from October 14 – 19 2017. It will be the largest event ever held at ADNEC.
There are currently 75 member countries and regions in Worldskills, most of whom are likely compete in Abu Dhabi, including a strong UAE team. There are expected to be nearly 50 skill Competitions, with the UAE planning to enter contestants in over 30 of them.
The event, which is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is expected to attract over 10,000 international visitors, including contestants and their families, experts, officials and journalists.
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi will inform and inspire a new generation of Emiratis to explore and embrace the opportunities offered by vocational skills and training with the support of Emirates Skills and ACTVET, the Government body responsible for promoting training and education for young nationals.
The many thousands of overseas visitors and participants will enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to network and learn more about the economic background and expertise of the countries who form the WorldSkills family.
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will boost relations and the exchange of knowledge between GCC countries, nearby Asian states and the MENA region.
Hosting the world’s biggest skills competition in Abu Dhabi is integral to achieving the objectives articulated within the UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2023, showing how technical and vocational education will help meet the future challenges and demands of developing a diverse economic base and global competitiveness.