World Class Events supported DXB Live and WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 in the safe and successful delivery of this prestigious project. The company provided project director John Adkins, senior project manager Brian Gowen and six project managers to plan and oversee the event build. The de-rig was an even greater undertaking given the quantities of kit involved and the relatively short timescale. World Class increased the number of project managers to 12 and turned to sister company, and fellow member of the Spendlove Group, Showforce to provide the huge numbers of crew required.

World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017 was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from October 15-18. It was the event’s 44th outing, welcoming more than 1300 competitors, 10,000 international visitors and 100,000 visitors from the UAE. It was the first time that the event was held in the MENA region, utilising 105,000 square metres of exhibition space and including both permanent and temporary structures at ADNEC.

With just four days to clear the venue before the next event was due to build, dismantling and removing all the stands was a no easy task. This included the removal of shell scheme, flooring, AV equipment, furniture, graphics, rigging and electrics along with the equipment and items displayed on the exhibition stands. World Class’ 12 project managers worked alongside 12 international crew managers and 360 local crew members supplied by Showforce to complete the de-rig within the tight time scale.

John Adkins, managing director at World Class, commented: “Make no mistake the de-rig for World Skills Abu Dhabi 2017 was a mammoth undertaking! The scale of the event, size of the venue and large quantities of kit, combined with the timeframe we were working to, meant that nothing less than a precise and efficient plan would ensure a successful outcome. The way that Showforce switched on all of its departments to mobilise the numbers of crew involved, when they were busy with other projects, was really impressive.”

Commenting on WCE’s performance, Aidan Jones, executive director at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, added: “It was great to meet and work with the World Class team during WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. The focus that their team brought to getting the job done, their extremely positive attitude and the very professional way that they approached the project proved to be invaluable.”