ABB opened its first Middle East, skills training center in Abu Dhabi yesterday in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
The 1,000 square-metre learning zone, houses ABB’s products, services and solutions, and offers customers, engineers and students over 180 training courses on different technologies.
“This one-of-a-kind facility provides a special environment for customers and other key stakeholders from across the Middle East. They can enroll on any of the 180 professional and engaging courses led by highly knowledgeable course leaders across multiple disciplines and products”, said Frank Duggan, Head of Global Markets and Region Manager for ABB in India, Middle East and Africa.
The facility includes five training rooms with interactive whiteboards, an auditorium to accommodate 90 people and a digital display panel zone with an interactive augmented reality pod.
A range of demonstration equipment is available for hands on experience, such as the Distributed Control System 800xA in a mock-up control room environment, which demonstrates the ‘Operator Effectiveness’ concept. Another interactive tool includes the solar augmented reality demo that allows visitors to be given a virtual tour of a solar plant via a large screen. The learning zone can be used by engineers, customers and students who would like to enhance personal development and improve their technical skills and knowledge.
The learning zone will be used by both the Emirati community and other stakeholders across the region, bringing knowledge and expertise under one roof. ABB collaborates with the local community and is actively building its Emirati Ambassador program. As part of this, ABB supports Emirati students by offering certified training in the professional and technically advanced environment that will help to secure their careers for the future.
ABB develops power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering their environmental impact.