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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Abu Dhabi - The Benchmark for Russia’s Worldskills Challenge

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Peter Burdin

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:59 GMT

The outstanding success of Abu Dhabi’s WorldSkills conference in 2017 is proving a real challenge for this year’s hosts in Russia. 

The 2019 WorldSkills conference in the Russian city of Kazan will see more than 1,000 young people from some sixty countries come together to compete across a range of skills from bricklaying and hairdressing to 3D printing and panel-beating. 

The Russians will be hoping to match the tremendous success of the 2017 competition in Abu Dhabi which set the bar high in terms of good organisation and hospitality.  

The Director General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training His Excellency Mubarak Al Shamsi welcomed more than 10,000 visitors and up to 1,300 young competitors from 60 countries across the world to Abu Dhabi to demonstrate their vocational expertise and skills. 

His Excellency outlined how the WorldSkills competition would act as a catalyst to promote the advancement of technical and vocational training in the UAE, the Gulf Region and beyond. He said that it was part of the UAE’s strong commitment to the country’s Vision 2021 and the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 which both include a big commitment to youth development. 

The Abu Dhabi competition was an opportunity to show the world UAE’s ambitions to build a globally-competitive economy based on innovation and technology. It was not only the first WorldSkills event to be held in the Middle East but was also the largest ever competition since it was first staged in Spain more than fifty years ago. 

The event also set out the UAE’s ambitions to promote vocational skills and develop a talented workforce. In addition to the skills competition Abu Dhabi also hosted a Youth forum and provided link ups between local schools and some of the competitors to encourage the next generation of skilled workers and entrepreneurs. 

Now the flame has been passed from Abu Dhabi to Kazan . Later this week the UAE WorldSkills delegation will hand over the torch to their Russian counterparts at a lavish Opening Ceremony.  

The Russians have been preparing for more than two years and have promised a great competition but they know they have much to live up to if they are to match the achievements forged in Abu Dhabi. 

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