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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.

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