March 2019

Working in office and on-site!

Muscat, Oman - 18 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 3 By Bart van der Ven (Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg & Nationaal Water Traineeship)   Today was an inspiring day, with both hard work “at the office” and interesting experiences in the field. The day started off with approximately one hour at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in which we worked really hard on our preliminary action plans. Actually, people were so focussed on their work that we almost missed our coffee break. Luckily, we were kindly reminded: “Hurry, hurry, hurry, go take your coffee break. Go go go!” As was stated by Paul at the planetarium later “I am really impressed by what I’ve seen from SQU so far: in this program everything runs in time!”. All credits for this go to Ahmed! After our speed-session at SQU we went to the Haya Wetlands. Haya is the largest institution in Oman for water treatment. And it does...

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Team assignment: ‘I am in Team Haya Water!!’

Muscat, Oman - 17 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 2 By Ilsa Phillips (Wageningen University)   Yesterday was the first day at the Sultan Quaboos University and the day we got assigned a case! I was among the lucky ones that got assigned the first choice case. Ever since I went to a conference on sustainable sanitation solutions a few months ago I got more interested in sanitation and waste water treatment, moreover the concept of renewable energy from waste has always been fascinating to me. So I was very happy to hear to be part of the team that will work on a case from Haya Water Oman on converting sludge into renewable energy. Fortunately, two of our team members work at Haya Water so they could tell us all about the case and are familiar with many technologies, whereas I have more a background in agricultural science and soil science, they...

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Water and culture experiences in Oman Mountains

Muscat, Oman - 16 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 1 By Bobby Leijgraaf (Water Authority Delfland) & Ajin Kuttithara Janardhanan (ARCADIS United Arab Emirates)   Not long after ordering a curry for breakfast at the restaurant near our hotel, Dr. Achmed walked in and introduced himself. Upcoming days he would be assisting us on behave of the Sultan Qaboos University. He gently told us to hurry, for the bus was already waiting upfront. Hastily we ate our plates and went outside. It’s the first day of the Wetskills program and today we’ll explore some of Muscat’s surrounding scenery. In front of the restaurant the participants are starting to gather. Unacquainted with the majority of them, we meet and greet for a first impression. Once in the bus everyone gets the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and their passion for water, after which Dr. Achmed enthusiastically urged us to mingle mingle mingle. In the end...

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Acclimatising in Muscat & Surroundings

Muscat, Oman - 15 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 0 By Rachid Abraimi (Water Authority Hollandse Delta)   On Friday 15th of march me and 5 other lucky Wetskills participants arrived one day in advance of the official start of the Oman Wetskills Challenge. We seized this opportunity with both hands and traveled to the beach Jebel Sifah as we all were delighted and excited to explore the beautiful scenery that Oman beholds. Travelling 100 km towards Jebel Sifah was the perfect way to experience this beautiful scenery. After driving 10 minutes we came across of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. I was really impressed by the front garden, stunning architecture and the amount of attention was given to achieve such appropriate placement of the mosque in its surrounding. The second stop of our trip was the old town of Masqat and the port of Mattrah. Old Masqat is filled with very well maintained old...

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Welcome “Ahlan Wa Shlan”

Muscat, Oman - 15 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 0 By Kathiya Al-Aufi (Sultan Qaboos University) The Wetskills in the Netherlands was one of the top experiences in my life that encourages me to register for the second time but this time in my country Oman. The unique things in Wetskills that it gathers international students to work and found solutions for water challenges in a host country. Also, it makes students work in pressure in less than two weeks to submit a paper, poster and the most challenge present the case in two min only.   The most things I like in Wetskills how it removes all the differences between the students like nationality, religion and gender and remains only the respect and help between students. I got a good idea about the Dutch, Romanian, Pakistani, Israeli and Colombian students. And this time I am very pleased that we have more countries, Saudi...

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Wetskills-Oman 2019 on Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Wetskills Oman 2019 kicks off - From 15 to 25 March 2019 the Wetskills Water Challenge will take place in Oman for the second time in this country. During two weeks 25 students and young water professionals from Oman, Gulf Region and The Netherlands will work in international teams on challenging water cases. Their goal: finding innovative solutions for current water challenges. The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Muscat is hosting the event.   This Wetskills event will be dedicated to the ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’. This is also the central theme of the WorldExpo Dubai 2020, where Wetskills Foundation is aiming to organize a Wetskills Water Challenge as well. Wetskills is committed to create an international community of young talents and supporting partners, to make the next Wetskills events in the Gulf Region up to the one in Dubai 2020 a success.   Wetskills team and partners - The Sultan Qaboos University is the host-partner...

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