Get New Skill-sets With These Effective Ways


We all have skills that we’re naturally good at. But as we age, we realised the need to expand our know-hows either for personal satisfaction or career growth.

Unfortunately, our busy routine and time (or lack of it) gets in the way, leaving us too exhausted to pursue new interest.

It’s never too late, however, to pick up a new skill whether it’s learning another language, taking great photographs or coding computer applications – anything is possible.

With that being said, here are five effective ways to raise your skill level to another notch in Abu Dhabi.

Say it yourself

It’s never too late to learn a new language. Ask the guys from Eton Institute and they’ll say ‘yes’ or ‘si’.

The centre offers various language courses from Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Russian and many more.

Students – newbie or semi-expert – will benefit from the comprehensive lessons designed to ensure effective learning in listening, talking and speaking in any dialect.

Office 205, Twofour54, Park Rotana Office Complex, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. Sun-Thu 8am-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm. Contact: 024499649


Talk with confidence

Conquer your fear of public speaking by signing up to Abu Dhabi Toastmasters. The club helps attendees build their self-confidence through development of communication skills through mentorship and guidance in a practical setting.

Foodlands Restaurant building, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street.

Contact: 050 752 9896,

Hands on

The Emirates Technical and Safety Development Centre carries a variety of training courses tailor-made for skills-based careers. Just some of the lessons provided are general safety, firefighting, first aid, defensive driving and more.

6th Street, Mussafah. Contact: 02 555 2034,

Get your hands dirty

The DIY-themed workshops at TechShop are all based on practical training using modern equipment and machineries.

Choose to sign up from the variety of practical lessons ranging from silkscreen printing, electronic soldering and circuit assembly, laser cutting, welding, sheet metal basics and wood-shop.

Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach. Sat-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 2pm-9pm. Contact: 02 558 8624,

Perfect image

Whether you’re a hobbyist or aspire to be pro someday, the photography classes offered by Jay Alonzo are sure to get you started.

Jay will share valuable tips and techniques to help you capture impressive pictures plus the skills to operate and adjust camera settings effectively.

Key Lite Studio, Building 21, ADCP Tower D, Zayed the First Street.

Sun – Thu 9am-7.30pm, Friday timings may vary.

Contact: 02 628 0546,


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