In pictures: WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

The event began with a spectacular opening ceremony at the du Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, which was attended by 10,000 people.
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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the world championships of vocational skills, has officially opened in the capital of the UAE.
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The event began with a spectacular opening ceremony at the du Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, which was attended by 10,000 people.
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It was an exciting and colourful celebration of vocational skills and their place in the history of the UAE.
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The opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge Department, a crowd of senior officials and world VIPs.
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During WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 1,300 competitors from across the globe will compete to be the very best in their chosen Skills. There will be competitions in 51 different Skills ranging from floristry to bricklaying; aircraft maintenance to mobile robotics.
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Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, inaugurated the first International TVET Youth Forum, which is being held on 14th and 15th October during the 44th WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.
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Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, organiser of the event, along with senior officials and representatives of 78 countries attended the opening ceremony.
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The participation of the TRA is in line with the body's efforts in developing national cadres, increasing the competitive and innovation spirit among the youth of the nation, and supporting leading competitions by competing in the category of technical skills.
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Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, has visited the Abu Dhabi Police pavilion at WorldSkills 2017.
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Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s team worked closely with international experts to check on any safety hazards in the buildup phase and will continue throughout the event. The initiative will promote important messages around health and safety in the workplace and will educate youth on prioritising safety before embarking on any project.
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Organisers say the two-day event will enable delegates to share experiences and discuss ways to enhance training systems for young people now and in the future.