His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has attended the 15th EmiratesSkills National Competition, being held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. The event is being organised by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) until 24 April.

His Highness was briefed on competition skills from the engineering, industrial and professional sectors, which are aligned with future job market demands, and met with Emirati students working in technical and vocational fields.

His Highness highlighted the role of competitions such as the EmiratesSkills National Competition in helping to promote cooperation among students, as well as support the acquisition of new vocational and technical skills, and encourage lifelong learning. His Highness reiterated that supporting UAE talent to enhance the country’s global competitiveness is a priority for the UAE leadership, as a way of driving national growth and development.

His Highness was accompanied by His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; and His Excellency Dr Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of ACTVET.

The Emirates Skills National Competition serves as a national platform to showcase technical and vocational education for UAE youth aged 16-21 years, with the exception of the aircraft maintenance category, which accepts competitors up to the age of 24.

Alongside the main competition, an international friendly skills competition is held, featuring competitors from 17 countries. UAE youth compete in various technical and vocational skills along with peers from different nations, in preparation for the WorldSkills Competition in Lyon, France, in September 2024.