Abu Dhabi’s story is one of extraordinary growth, powered by its vast oil and gas resources, which represent around eight per cent of the world’s proven reserves. Key to the strategic vision of the United Arab Emirates is the diversification of the country’s economy to ensure its continued prosperity after the age of oil.
As well as tourism and a thriving hotel sector, the UAE is developing new industries in areas like aerospace and satellite technology, inspiring alternative energy sources through research at the Masdar Institute, and developing world class transport hubs with Etihad and Emirates airlines.
A skilled workforce is essential to this vision. Vocational skills training and education are ensuring that the UAE’s young people are ready to play their part, guided by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) and EmiratesSkills, your hosts for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be the first to be held in the Middle East and the first in an Arabic speaking country. It is fitting that Abu Dhabi and the UAE have been chosen for this honour.
The first WorldSkills Competition to be held in the Middle East and in the Muslim world is a powerful statement about the growth of WorldSkills International, and the importance of vocational skills and education for the global economy.
WorldSkills has 77 Member countries and regions, and is growing. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 is expected to be the biggest ever, attracting record numbers of Competitors and offering an unprecedented opportunity to make connections and share knowledge in a new part of the world.
The 44th WorldSkills Competition will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), a world class facility that is one of the largest in the Middle East and located in the heart of the city.
A modern and fast-growing city, Abu Dhabi has an excellent transport network, fine hotels and restaurants, some of the biggest names in entertainment, and a vibrant and fascinating culture that will ensure a memorable visit for all those who take part in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates that compose the United Arab Emirates, a federation formed in December 1971.
A Muslim country, the UAE prides itself on tolerance to all faiths and cultures, with around 200 nationalities living here in what is one of the safest countries in the world.
It has modern health, transport, and shopping facilities, with English widely spoken as a second language, but also retains the traditions and culture of its ancient Bedouin heritage.
With the competition taking place in October, temperatures will be cooling in the evening and mornings, and are likely to be in the mid-30s during the day.