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And the winner is….

Wetskills Oman 2020 – the corona edition Supervised by Ahmed Al-Busaidi and Marcel Rompelman   Wetskills Oman 2020 finished a day earlier than originally planned. Cut short by lack of international conferences, national conferences or any podium whatsoever due to corona measures (so where is our jury?). The start After seeing some of the most beautiful countrysides on our way through the Sama’il pass in the Al-Hajar mountains from Seeb to Nizwa, culture in Nizwa Fort, a 4500-year-old water system (Falaj Daris) and a limestone cave in Hoota, the event took off. As ever Wetskills is a hands-on pressure cooker testing your flexibility. Never mind the brilliant ideas coming out of the mix of Omani (16) and Dutch (7) individuals working together on cases from the water industry with some pressure applied (well a lot actually). Everyone had a great experience and adapted well, getting to know some of each other’s culture on the go. The...

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Day 7: Snorkeling trip

Wetskills-Oman 2020 - by Nathalie van Veen -   On Friday our weekend started (which is really weird, if you are used to a weekend that starts on Saturday….). Most Omani headed to their hometowns outside Muscat, so we (the dutchies) planned a nice day trip.   In the morning we decided to have a luxurious breakfast in the gigantic living room in our apartment. We enjoyed halloumi, simit, scrambled eggs, fruit salad and yogurt. We needed to be creative since the kitchen was relatively limited. I discovered that it is actually very easy to eat yogurt with a fork…. :-).   After our breakfast we headed towards the boat rental to go on a snorkeling trip in Bandar Al Khairan. On the boat we learned about the different rock formations at the coast line while we had to tackle the waves with our boat. Sadly I was not able to follow the interesting story about...

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Day 3: fun, work & energy

Wetskills-Oman 2020 - by Said Humaid Salim Al Asmi - Early morning all groups worked to submit the action plan for the case study as per the deadline. A lot of discussions was going on with the supervisors. Really it was a great time to work with different experts, engineers, and students.   In the afternoon, each group was worked on the case study and they made brainstorming on how they can find the best solution to solve the case study in the perfect way.   During the evening, we had a wonderful time on the beach with all the teams and supervisors as one family. We did a BBQ and some Omani food. All members from the Netherlands liked Omani food and they want to experience more. In the end, it was a very long day with a lot of fun, work,  and energy.     ...

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Day 2: spot the differences

Wetskills-Oman 2020 - by Buthayna Al Ghafri - Today (Sunday 8th March) was the first day of working on the Wetskills program at Sultan Qaboos University. Nathalie (as Dutch participant) was picked up by a small fan to travel to the University Campus. For Nathalie the University looked incredibly clean, white and luxurious, and it was already clear that she would get lost several times the coming week since all buildings looked the same. Walking across the buildings she was impressed by the signs “Female Students Walkway Only”, although she already knows that women and men are more separated in the Arabic world, it is still different when she experiences her herself. After the struggle to find the Wifi password for non-SQU staff, and a short introduction we would choose the groups. The group gathered although all members have different backgrounds. Noura is a lecturer from the National University of Science and...

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Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 Finals

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Shifa (Oman), Margo (South Africa) and Niurka (Mozambique)   05 November 2019- As the second day of the Amsterdam International Water Week started bright and early, wetskills members were hard at work practising for the very last time.   [caption id="attachment_56904" align="alignleft" width="261"] Lunch and briefing sessions with South Africa water sector delegation[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56902" align="alignright" width="188"] Odwa moderating the lunch and briefing session with South African water sector delegation[/caption] Organized by The Netherlands embassy in South Africa, the Southern African participants (South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, eSwatini and Zimbabwe) of 13 members attended a lunch with the Director- General of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (South Africa), Mr Tshangana where each representative from the six groups had 2 minutes to present their case and their solution. In addition to the DWS delegation, other delegates were executives from Umngeni Water, Mhlathuze and more.   In addition to this, discussions with the entire...

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“Let IWW Amsterdam International Water week Conference begin”

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 By Luyanda (eSwatini) & Asmahan (Oman)   4 November 2019: Waking up today was a struggle; from writing a report, pitching a poster, and making the final touchups on the poster, we realised that time was not on our side. As the day started, some delegates were busy with registration for the conference, while others were having coffee and mingling with other people.                                                                       We first attended the plenary opening where basically we were told the importance of the Amsterdam International water week from various leaders such as the Dutch Special Envoy for International water Affairs, Henk Ovink.    We then had to participate in the round table discussion, where we were expected to come up with solutions regarding whatever...

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Deadlines! Deadlines! Deadlines!

Wetskills The Netherlands 2019 by Veerle (The Netherlands), Allyn (South Africa) & Almutamed (Oman)   03 November 2019: Today was all about finishing our paper and poster. After a busy week of working, today was the final day. All the work is done and now it is time to enjoy the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW).    In the afternoon half of the group practiced their pitches, the other half went to cafe De Balie to watch the movie ‘Thank you for the rain’.    After the movie, we went to a meet and greet to participant of the AIWW. We got to meet water professionals from all over the world creating a great environment for networking.                      During the the meet and greet we saw a performance by a South African theatrical group creating more awareness about water usage and a few future water leaders were invited for a dinner with the delegates to discuss water challenges.     ...

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