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Atheer vs Martijn

Muscat, Oman - 24 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 9 By Atheer Al Kabsi (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) & Martijn Erkelens (Dutch Water Authorities)   Today was the day for the pitchers and the posters! The day every group has been working towards during the Wetskills program. This is the day Wetskills looks most like an competative arena in an otherwise very friendly program. Martijn: The day started at the Sultan Qaboos University. All the pitchers, me included, still had plenty of time to prepare untill the end of the day. We started with a some great awesome Omani food that our Omani Wetskills groupmates brought along with them: Shúkran! After that display of culinary excellence it was time for a pitch rehearsal with all the pitchers. Everyones pitch greatly improved compared to the previous day. I knew that I had to get serious if I even wanted so much as a...

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True Value of Water (TWW) at Wetskills-Oman 2019

The 2nd Wetskills in Oman took place from 15 to 25 March 2019. 24 local and international young professionals and students from the water sector worked together in 5 teams on real-life water cases, formulated and supported by local and international case owners. The finals were organised aligned to the World Water Day Celebration at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat.   At the Awarding Ceremony, the jury congratulated all teams with the teamwork and the out-of-the-box solutions they presented. The winning team worked on Case 2, finding a solution for Groundwater resources management for future water resilience.   True Value of Water (TVW) - Team 2 worked on a PDO case to develop a straightforward and easy to implement method to assist water authorities to better characterize and allocate available groundwater resources in the Sultanate of Oman. What they developed is method based on a single, meaningful monetary unit, the True Value of...

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Working, working and Shisha at the End of the Night!

Muscat, Oman - 21 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 6 By Maryam Al Balushi (Petroleum Development Oman)   Today we were introduced to Rick Hogeboom, another Wetskills member, while  Johan went back to The Netherlands. Having him with us was really beneficial as he was a tremendous help for our water footprint case study. Described by Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi as “A Google for Water Footprint” his presence will undoubtedly benefit all of us. We spent most of our time dedicated to working on the case study and developing the paper and poster, following that up with lunch in the faculty club. After coming back from lunch, Rick was nowhere to be found, he actually got lost in the campus! Fortunately Dr. Ahmed managed to find him to everyone’s relief. By the end of the day a tour around Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) campus was decided on to ensure no one gets lost again. At...

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Sultan Qaboos University Tour

Muscat, Oman - 20 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 5 By Rawabi Al Hajri (A'Sharqiyah University)   When you start to break the shy, and start to make relationship with others, it’s a nice step actually. In the beginning of the day all groups come with higher power to complete their work. Also I like the way of interchange information between every group. The most thing which caught my attention, every single group change their location. They go outside to the tree and nature. The groups moved from one place to another to allow people to feel refreshed and be able to think differently. This allowed them to come up with other ideas and brainstorm clearly. Suddenly we stopped worked because of lunch break, today we did something slightly different after lunch. We walked to Sultan Qaboos University botanic garden and getting some information about Omani plant, and we were interested. Then we went together...

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From holiday to an ‘enriching experience’

Muscat, Oman - 19 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 4 By Areej Al Ghaithi (Petroleum Development Oman)   I was on holiday, in a different time zone and I woke up to a message from my boss asking me to join Wetskills Oman 2019. In the beginning I was very confused as to what he meant by Wetskills, so I decided to take a look and do more research after I come back from my holiday. Two weeks later I was at the office applying for the Wetskills program. After going through the website and reading more about Wetskills, I was more intrigued and interested in joining the program. I joined Wetskills because of multiple reasons: My company being one of the case owners was very keen for us to join as participants as well Encouragement from Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi and his continuous enthusiasm to having us as part of the program...

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Training Pitch and Poster

Muscat, Oman - 19 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 4 By Balqees Al Shaaibi (A'Sharqiyah University)   We start the day by Johan’s presentation about training pitch and poster. I learned what makes a good poster, what should not be on a poster and more over. We did many exercises and it was very useful for me. In addition, pitch training gives me a clear idea of how to do it in correct way. The discussion action plan changed our thinking way positively, we did many brainstorming and chose other pains and solutions. Also we writingand literature review belongs to our case work....

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Experiencing diversity

Muscat, Oman - 19 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 4 By Marwa Abdullah Al Mahdouri (Haya Water)   The new edition of the Wetskills program organized in Muscat, and hosted by Sultan Qaboos University synchronizing with World Water Day.  As participant in this program I was so excited to meet international friends and have 10 days full of work and sightseeing in my beautiful country. The field trip to Al Hazm castle and Nakhal fort along with some water areas has given the legend of the spectacular nature, culture and heritage of Oman. The Wetskills program for 19 March 2019 was to continue with our action plan. Morning discussion with the workshop leaders was very fruitful, as they have highlighted the main important points to be considered in our case study paper. The team has modified the initial action plan accordingly as per the paper requirements and distributed the task among each other. The team was...

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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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