COUNTDOWN IS ON
The countdown has started for WorldSkills 2017, the world’s greatest vocational skills competition.
Abu Dhabi is the host this year, the first time the prestigious event has been held in the Middle East.
Thousands of competitors and international visitors are expected, with the opening ceremony on October 14 followed by four days of competition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, and the medal ceremonies on October 19.
WorldSkills is the Olympic Games of vocational skills, with talented youngsters from more than 60 countries going for gold, silver and bronze in contests that range from bricklaying and mobile robotics, to landscape gardening, 3D digital game design and cooking.
By hosting the event, the UAE hopes to inspire a new generation to take up vocational careers, which are crucial for the country’s post-oil economy.
In our Countdown to WorldSkills series, we feature young Emiratis who have embraced vocational skills and found success and recognition through their achievements.
This week, we meet young robotics expert Mohammad Al Shamsi.