Abu Dhabi, UAE - Glamour lights, spectacular performances, colorful parade, and exciting applause that is how Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017 (WSAD 2017) has got started in the evening of October 14th 2017.

Since its inception in 1946 in Spain, Worldskills has long been the greatest competition among its 60 member countries to find out the world champion of vocational skills in nearly 52 categories. This year, Abu Dhabi - the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE) becomes the stage for the 44th edition of the competition. Around 1,300 competitors from all Worldskills' member countries have gathered to Abu Dhabi for the opening ceremony of the competition. The significant event also brings over 10,000 journalists, international volunteers, delegates, officials to Du Arena stadium, Abu Dhabi in the evening of October 14th 2017.

This is the 5th time Vietnam joins the competition as a member country. The Vietnam team to WSAD 2017 is led by General Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (GDVET) with 50 members including 12 experts and 13 competitors competing in 12 skills: Mechatronics, Electronics, Cable installations, Cooking, Plumbing and Heating, Bricklaying, Electrical Installations, Mechanical engineering CAD, IT Solutions for Business, Industrial Control, CNC Milling, Automation Technology.

Vietnam delegation in the Parade of Nations in WSAD 2017 opening ceremony (Photo credit: Worldskills.org)

WSAD is organized by Abu Dhabi Centre for Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) to inspire the Emirati youths to follow vocational training for their career path and promote skills as the tool to shape the economy and the society. The event has been filled with live amazing performances, the patriotic Parade of Nations, thrilling dance, and exciting applause from all attendants. 

After the parade, his Highness Mubarak al-Shamsi - Director General of ACTVET, in his welcoming speech, implied the vital role of vocational skills to the sustainable development of UAE and other countries and sent an inspiring message to all competitors of WSAD 2017 :"For me, you present the future, the future of the world, future of your children and the generations to come". The President of Worldskills International, Simon Bartley, also underlined the significance of skills in confirming that in order to develop and transform an economy, we should have to put skills at the very heart of our efforts. 

His Highness Mubarak al-Shamsi, Director General of ACVET (Photo credit: Worldskills.org)

The Competition will last from Oct 15th - 18th 2017 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) with sideline exhibitions from Worldskills' sponsors like Samsung, Siemens, Festo, CAT, etc. and International TVET Youth Forum (October 16th - 17th 2017).



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