WorldSkills event set for big Abu Dhabi debut

Thousands of visitors heading to the capital for global competition

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More than 100,000 visitors – including 10,000 from overseas – are set to flock to Abu Dhabi as the internationally-renowned WorldSkills comes to the region for the very first time next week.

The bi-annual event, which was launched in 1950, will see more than 1,200 competitors from nearly 60 countries battle it out in a wide range of vocational skills, including construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology and manufacturing and engineering technology.

The 44th global extravaganza – known as the skills Olympics – will be taking over Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre from October 15 until October 18.

The event is set to highlight the importance of vocational and technical education and training, both locally and globally.

The opening and closing ceremony of the games will be held at du Arena, on October 14 and 19.

The WorldSkills tournament is just the latest global attraction to be held in the emirate. Not only will the FIFA Club World Cup be returning to the capital this December and next year, along with the annual spectacle of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November but the Special Olympics will be staged in the capital in 2019.

Entry is free but registration to the event is required. Let the games begin.

Free. Sun Oct 15-Thu Oct 19. Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre, worldskillsabudhabi2017.com

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