Wetskills-United Arab Emirates 2022

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Wetskills-United Arab Emirates 2022

January 5 - January 16

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United Arab Emirates 2022: from WorldExpo Shanghai to Dubai!

Wetskills Foundation and partners are delighted to announce our next event: in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. On the program we have a day full of workshops in collaboration with the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) in The Netherlands Pavilion of the WorldExpo.

In a hybrid format (online with some in-person activities) 21 participants from various countries (UAE, The Netherlands, Colombia, India, Nigeria, Germany) work together in four teams with each its own challenge. The cases are provided by our partners UAE University, Culligan Middle East (UAE), Witteveen+Bos and PureBlue Water, in close cooperation with the Dutch Dubai programme of The Netherlands government.

During the Finals on Sunday 16 January, the teams will present the results to an international jury in The Netherlands Pavilion of the Dubai 2020 World Expo. This hybrid event will also be the last part of the Wetskills 10 years Jubilee Celebrations.

Finals and Awarding & Jubilee Celebration
Sunday 16 January 2022 | Online & at the WorldExpo | Starting 13:00 GST (10:00 CET)

Join us and register: at the Registration form.
Details: Hybrid Finals and Awarding

Wetskills once started at the Shanghai WorldExpo 2010, so Wetskills will ‘bridge’ the two WorldExpos and look back to the results.

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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 16 January;
You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

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Contact: Ioana Dobrescu, ioana.dobrescu@wetskills.com or Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

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Case 1: Connecting Blue and Green Networks

Case owner: PureBlue Water (The Netherlands)

As arid country, the United Arab Emirates lacks freshwater resources, especially in cities. Water reuse is one of the opportunities to mitigate the water stress in those cities. PureBlue’s decentral wastewater treatment units treat up until natural water quality and beyond. The goal is to enforce blue networks, the concatenation of water bodies and infrastructure, to let green networks, like parks, nature reserves and oases grow. PureBlue looks for creative implementation of their units in UAE cities to bring fresh water to locations that will benefit most from it. In addition, social innovation is of large importance to convince people of the safety and environmental friendliness of treated wastewater.

Case 2: A Sustainable Alternative to Water in Plastic

Case owner: RVO.nl

On a regular day millions of people encounter one or more single use plastic water bottle. It is just a normal routine but the effect that it has on our planet is devastating to the entire ecosystem. A plastic bottle does not simply disappear once we recycle it or throw it away, it is not biodegradable and becomes land and ocean litter. Organizations that go through a particularly high volume of plastic bottles consumption are University Campuses with vending machines and cafeteria and Hotels with plastic bottles distributed in each guest room. How can the use of “hydration stations” within these institutions be the solution to drastically reduce the impact that single use plastic has on the environment?

Case 3: Decision-making tool for water management at small farms in UAE

Case owner: United Arab Emirates University 

Privately owned farms of a size between two and six ha are very common in the UAE, and mostly rely on groundwater for crop irrigation. In recent years the productivity of many of these farms has been threatened by increasing groundwater depletion and salinization. Various management strategies have been proposed to slow down groundwater deterioration and/or sustain agricultural production under increasing salinity. tools to facilitate such water management decision making are so far not available. It will maximize revenues at the farm level, and/or create an overall long-term sustainability and environmental safety. How could a tool support an individual farmer or decision identifying of the most feasible water management strategy for UAE’s small farms?

Case 4: Circular carbon zero water and resources recovery plant

Case owner: Witteveen+Bos (The Netherlands)

The global water sector contributes about 5% of greenhouse gas (GHG), and this is calculated without the process-related emissions of CH4, CO2 and N2O due to biological used water treatment. The UWTP’s are getting more efficient every day and water loops are being closed in municipal and industrial settings. However, by improving removal performances the carbon emissions rise by energy demand, chemical use, and process emission. Improving water quality leads to increasing CO2 emissions. The Water and Resources Refinery, developed by Witteveen+Bos and partners leads to a circular zero carbon used water treatment. How can the Water and Resources Refinery also solve these challenges for the United Arab Emirates and Singapore creating a future-proof and climate resilient water sector?

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January 5
January 16
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Ioana Dobrescu
Rick Hogeboom
Ahmed Al-Busaidi
Johan Oost