WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Hailed An Absolute Success

The world’s best skills competitors have been honoured with medals at the Closing Ceremony of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. They traveled from across the world to compete at the 44th edition of the world championship of vocational skills. BodyShop News Publisher, Michel Malik, was there.

China led the medal table with 15 gold medals, seven silvers and eight bronzes. Korea came second on medal points with eight golds, eight silvers and eight bronzes. Switzerland was third on points, winning 11 golds, six silvers, and three bronzes. The hosts, the United Arab Emirates, won three Medallions for Excellence.

About 1300 young people from 59 WorldSkills member countries and regions showcased their talent across 51 skills competitions. Held between 15-18 October, this was the first time that the WorldSkills Competition was conducted in the Middle East and North Africa region.

At the closing ceremony at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, 10,000 international visitors along with an online global audience watched competitors discover who had won gold, silver and bronze WorldSkills medals.

Below are the winners in the autobody and refinish divisions.

AUTOBODY REPAIR (sponsored by Glasurit, SATA and 3M)

Shanwei YangHeiko ZumbrunnAndrew Gault
ChinaSwitzerlandUnited Kingdom




CAR PAINTING (sponsored by Car-O-Liner and 3M)

Yingcheng JiangDaryl HeadMaurus von HolzenJonas HeinzeEnzo Barragato

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 was the largest WorldSkills Competition to date, attracting more than 125,000 visitors.

The Closing Ceremony of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 ended with the handover of the WorldSkills flag to the next hosts, WorldSkills Kazan 2019. The 45th WorldSkills competition will be held in Russia from 29 August – 3 September 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

Read the full story in the next issue of BodyShop News.

Autobody Repair 2017 Winners

Car Painting 2017 Winners

Some pictures courtesy of WorldSkills 2017