This website has been archived. For the latest information about WorldSkills please visit

You are here:

What's on

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 inspired young people to study technical education and vocational skills for entrepreneurship or for their career, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision. Entry to visit the competition at ADNEC was free, but you needed to register. Other events took place alongside the competition, which were not open to the public or require tickets. 


  1. October 2017

    1. : One School One Country


      "One School One Country" is a cultural exchange programme between UAE students and Member countries and regions. Students from 59 ACTVET and ADEC schools were paired with a WorldSkills Member country or region at a ceremony in January 2017. Throughout the year students and Competitors are learning more about each other’s culture, traditions, and values. Each school will welcome competitors from their adopted country where they will meet for the first time.

    2. : Opening Ceremony


      WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 began with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at du Arena which gathered thousands of Competitors, officials, and guests together to watch the Parade of Nations and a welcome to Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

    3. : International TVET Youth Forum


      The first International TVET Youth Forum was held on 14 and 15 October 2017 during WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The event was the first of its kind and a unique opportunity for young professionals to shape the future of skills.

    4. : Competition


      Over four days, tens of thousands of visitors watched almost 1,300 Competitors in 51 skills represent their country or region in the world’s greatest skills competition. Visitors could also try skills-related activities, get careers advice and compete for prizes playing Skill It, our exciting new mobile app.

    5. : Conference Programme


      The WorldSkills Conference Programme brings together leaders from around the world for a productive, informative, and eye-opening programme with the 44th WorldSkills Competition as its centrepiece. It is an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with the leaders and policy makers of today, as well as to address current and future global skills challenges.

    6. : Closing Ceremony


      The Closing Ceremony revealed the winners of gold, silver, and bronze medals, along with Medallions for Excellence, and the coveted Albert Vidal Award for the Competitor with the highest overall points. The Closing Ceremony was a time celebrate and to say farewell to old and new friends of the 44th WorldSkills Competition, while looking forward to Russia and WorldSkills Kazan 2019.