Wetskills-Oman-2020

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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