$26m worth of equipment used for Abu Dhabi WorldSkills competition

$26m worth of equipment used for Abu Dhabi WorldSkills competition
Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Published: 19 October 2017 - 1:46 a.m.
By: Jumana Abdel-Razzaq

Equipment for the first WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 has been estimated to cost around $26m (AED94m), according to Ali Al Marzouqi, CEO of the competition.

The WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 15 to 18, October.

Al Marzouqi said that the equipment would be used even after the conclusion of the competitions, either by returning them to the sponsoring companies or by distributing them to schools, educational institutions and universities, WAM reported.

He said: ''The cost of the equipment was borne by 105 companies sponsoring the competition, while the additional equipment was bought, with the number of items required for the competition infrastructure reaching 12,000.”

Investments were made for equipment in multiple fields, including agricultural, medical, building and construction, airplane and car maintenance, computerised manufacturing and information technology.

About 14,000 kinds of personal-protection equipment was made available during the competition, with 1,400 informative boards installed and 350 additional fire extinguishers installed around the competing areas.

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 aims to inspire young people to study technical education and vocational skills for entrepreneurship or for their career, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision.

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