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Emirates News Agency – Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed visits 14th UAE National Skills Competition

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ABU DHABI, 14th March, 2023 (WAM) — His Excellency Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office Visited Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) for the 14th UAE Skills National Competition in Abu Dhabi until 15th March.

Accompanied by Dr. Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), HH Sheikh Khaled met the young Emirati students who are undergoing technical and vocational training, and commended their achievements in advanced technologies The achievements of projects that help shape the future of the UAE economy. He also met Emirati coders participating in the Future Coders Challenge, held for the first time at the UAE National Skills Competition. 100 UAE coders from grades 6-12 are participating in the challenge.

Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Fatima bint Al Mubarak, Chairman of the National Women’s Federation, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Maternity and Childhood and Supreme Chairman of the Family Development Foundation, the National Competition in UAE Skills is organized annually by ACTVET.

The three-day event is part of the EmiratesSkills programme, which aims to raise awareness of vocational and technical education among UAE youth, and raise national standards for advanced technological capabilities to drive industrial and technological development in the UAE.

The 2023 event saw more than 300 Emirati students aged 16 to 21 demonstrate their abilities in 23 skill-based challenges in areas such as artificial intelligence, programming, aircraft maintenance, mobile robotics, coding and 3D printing.

Dr. Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi said: “Today’s youth hold the key to unlocking a sustainable tomorrow. The UAE Skills National Competition helps empower Emirati youth to drive innovation, lead change and build a brighter future for future generations. For highly skilled Emirati youth, this is a valuable opportunity to qualify for the UAE national team and compete in the prestigious WorldSkills 2024 competition, as well as other regional and international competitions around the world, strengthening the country’s global TVET rankings. “

Tarek Farham

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