Wetskills-United Arab Emirates (Dubai) 2021

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Wetskills-United Arab Emirates (Dubai) 2021

January 5, 2022 - January 17, 2022

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United Arab Emirates 2021: from WorldExpo Shanghai to Dubai!

[Note: this event has been postponed to January 2022. Coming weeks a new announcement will be launched. Interested to join? Please register on this page!]


Wetskills Foundation and partners are delighted to announce a very unique event: United Arab Emirates (Dubai) 2021. On 1 November 2021 we will organise a day full of workshops including the Finals & Awarding, in The Netherlands Pavilion of the WorldExpo. This Worldexpo is a very special place: it is where Wetskills started in Shanghai 2010.

Teams of students and young water professionals (with diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experiences) will work on real life water cases in an exciting two-week programme. Their main challenge: to think out-of-the-box and develop innovative, but realistic concepts.

The Wetskills teams will present their ideas with a two minute pitch, Q&A and a poster on 1 November 2021 in The Netherlands Pavilion. The winning team will be awarded by the jury later. All participants will have access to the WorldExpo terrain to present their pitches, join the professional workshops on resilience and water, and visit other pavilions as well.

"It has indeed been a fruitful, joyous and amazing time as the 26 participants spend two weeks enjoying each others company, learning,exploring and finding ways to work as a team together and solve six pressured, difficult cases. This has in fact been an experience to remember for each and everyone participant for 2019! (Wetskills Alumni)"

Are you a student or young professional from United Arab Emirates, the Gulf region, The Netherlands, Europe or any other country / region worldwide, and do you want to make a difference in the water & sustainability sector? Would you like to experience working in an international team and other cultures?  Do you want to work on challenging water-energy-food issues and get to present your ideas? Then this is your chance!

Wetskills Foundation is inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD) and Young Professionals from universities and organisations worldwide with a passion for Water-Energy-Food, to join this great experience. Apply for Wetskills-Dubai 2021 (period: 21 October to 2 November 2021).

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Last Call: Some positions left! For remaining places, every week a selection of candidates will be made – first come, first served.

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Application (online) and selection deadline for local and international participants: Last Call: Some positions left!  Every week a selection of the new applications will be made untill the program is full. (First Come, First Served)

Who can apply?

Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) from United Arab Emirates, the Gulf region, The Netherlands, Europe and other countries worldwide, with a passion for water-energy-food and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the button on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria

The Wetskills organization will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. The organisation will also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).


  • Participation fee for international participants is € 475,- (excl. VAT). Note: VAT is only for participants living in The Netherlands. This participation fee includes accommodation, teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.
  • Participation fee for local students, who do not need accommodation arrangements, is € 75,- (VAT free).
  • Participation fee for local Young Professionals, who do not need accommodation arrangements, is € 125,- (VAT free).

Note: During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!
You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
You will visit Dubai and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meetings with water experts;
You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
You will visit the WorldExpo terrain and be part of the Water & Resilience programme in The Netherlands Pavilion on 1 November 2021;
You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

Interested candidates (local and international) can contact: Ioana Dobrescu, ioana.dobrescu@wetskills.com or Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.
Organisations interested to submit a case and/or join as partner can contact: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners would like to welcome businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and/or NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges and support the Wetskills programme in The Netherlands. Join us in this great and proven Experience! For more information contact: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Case 1: 

Case owner: Holland Water

More information at a later stage.

Case 2: Vertical farming

Case owner: Dutch Greenhouse Delta

More information at a later stage.

Case 3: 

Case owner: Water Alliance (tbc)

More information at a later stage.

Case 4: Optimizing Greenhouses in the Gulf

Case owner: Dutch Greenhouse Delta

More information at a later stage.

Case 5: 

Case owner: 

More information at a later stage.

Case 6: (reserve case) 

Case owner: 

More information at a later stage.

Event Partners

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January 5, 2022
January 17, 2022
Event Category:


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Ioana Dobrescu
Rick Hogeboom
Ahmed Al-Busaidi
Johan Oost