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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi Opening Ceremony | Watch live here

Representatives from 59 nations will this evening attend the opening ceremony of the 44th WorldSkills finals (live stream at the end of article).

Around 1,300 competitors and members of the UAEs royal family, will be joined by technical experts, delegates, and supporters and to observe one of the most spectacular WorldSkills ceremonies in competition’s history.

Taking place from 16:30 (BST) and 19:30 (local UAE time) at the newly built du Arena in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island district, organisers have spent several days converting the space ahead of this evening’s ceremony.

The opening ceremony marks the start of a four-day intensive competition which will see competitors undertake their toughest challenge to date.

Apart from the parade of nations, where competing countries are formally presented to a global audience; the official programme for the evening has been a closely guarded secret.


So far, limited information has been released to the press – however, sources close to WorldSkills have suggested the evening will feature a fly pass from UAEs air force, an address from a representative of the royal family and performances reflecting the history and culture of the local area and world.

The ceremony will last for around two and a half hours. A live stream of the ceremony is available below.

Follow the FE Week twitter feed (@FEWeek) for live coverage of the ceremony and competition.

Competing will officially commence tomorrow morning at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and finish on Wednesday afternoon. The closing ceremony will take place on Thursday evening where results will be announced and medals presented to the winning competitors in each of the 51 skills.

Send your message of good luck to the team using the #TeamUK and our ‘Go Team UK’ social media image. (click here to download). Also include the official event hashtag #WS_AbuDhabi .

FE Week are proud to be the official media partners for Team UK and WorldSkills UK.


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  1. Very best of luck to all the Team UK competitors in Abu Dhabi from Semta, the advanced manufacturing and engineering skills champion!

    Our CEO said this on Friday:

    “The WorldSkills competitions are a fantastic way for our very best and brightest young engineers to show the rest of the world just what they and our country are made of.

    “As the organising partner for the engineering competitions, the Semta Team is backing them all the way and the country should be hugely proud of the team, whatever happens in Abu Dhabi.

    “We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that these young people bring home even more medals than in 2015 and show once again that the engineers being developed by Semta and by UK industry are truly world class.”

    (More here:

  2. Charlotte Bosworth

    GO Team UK. Wishing you all the best of luck and I am sure you will have lots of fun along the way. With best wishes Charlotte and all the team at Innovate Awarding

  3. Marguerite Hogg

    A big shout out to Team UK competing in WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi this week! Be proud of what you’ve achieved so far and have confidence in your outstanding skills! My AoC colleague Emma will be out there cheering you on and I’ll be following your progress this week! All the best and good luck! Marguerite Hogg, AoC

  4. Naz Khan

    A wonderful experience for all taking part. Wishing you the very best and look forward to reading about successful outcomes and celebration of many medals for our team GB at the World Skills 2017. Enjoy and compete hard.

  5. Well done to team GB for all their hard work getting this far, remember positive thoughts give positive results so looking forward to seeing the pride on all your faces when you do so well. Go for it!!

  6. Helen McAnally

    Congratulations and best of luck to everyone competing this year at WorldSkills! You’re all incredible and inspirational young people and we hope you all enjoy yourselves.

    With best wishes from the team at Parkhouse Bell.

  7. Graham Hoyle OBE

    Skills represent a vital ingredient for successful self-development, business development and economic development. You have already demonstrated a huge level of skill and this week you have the opportunity to show that your achievements are indeed ‘world-class’. Go for it, enjoy yourself and yourself and your country proud!
    You can do it!

    Graham Hoyle OBE

  8. Gray Towse

    Good luck to all the fantastic competitors in #Team UK. Particular big shouts out for Steve and Josh from Hull, McCauley from Grimsby and Kaiya from Sussex Downs Colleges at all of which I’ve had the pleasure of supporting WorldSkills.

  9. Shelagh Legrave

    Last few hours of competition. Good luck to all of you and particularly Angus in Cabinet Making supported by UK training manager Christian Notley – going for a third gold.