MEDRC’s World Water Day Celebrations

Walk For Water Jobs

Under the Auspices of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the presence of Ambassador
Dr. Mohamed Al Busaidi, Chief of North America Department of the Ministry


MEDRC is proud to announce it’s celebrations for International World Water Day!
The UN Water has designated 2016 World Water day to Water for Jobs, and more information on the UN Water, and world celebrations can be found 

MEDRC felt that Water for Jobs, was a perfect way to showcase the importance of jobs in the water sector, especially seeing as there is a lot of focus in the media recently on unemployment, specialized education, and the vocational job markets.

Following on this theme, MEDRC is proud to announce it’s #WalkForWaterJobs event. 

This launches, on the 20th of March 2016 with Hilmi Al Kindi, a Desalination Training Assistant, walking 33 kilometers, from Barka 1 Desalination Plant (one of the biggest plants in Oman) to arrive at MEDRCs premises on the 22nd of March 2016.  Hilmi will be joined by students from the Khouris Al Haboos School, not only to join him in the walk, but also to make a Documentary on the event.

Concurrently, Eng. Riadh Dridi, will have students from the Abu Ayoub Al Hadrami School, who will be helping him make displays on Water Projects and Innovations here at the MEDRC Desalination Training Center here in Al Hail.  These Projects will be on display for the duration of the event.

Futher Details: 

  • The school children, will walk for 2 hours on the 20th of March, for a distance of 3 kilometers. (20th of March 2016)
  • They will meet MEDRC’s staff member, who has been walking for two days, on the 22nd of March
  • They will all proceed to MEDRC to continue the celebrations, together with traditional Music from the school band.
  • There will be a presentation about the walk and MEDRC, followed by a presentation/show from the participating schools
  • The event will finish with a walk around MEDRC’s state of the art RO training pilot plant 





 In Celebration of World Water Day 2016

Middle East Desalination Research Center

 North Al Hail Corniche (Behind Al Maha Petrol Station)

March 20th 2016


8:30                  Arrival at Barka 1 Desalination Plant 

9:00                  Walk starts – 1km 

9:15                  Rest for 10 minutes

9:25                  Start 2nd km

9:40                  Rest for 10 Minutes

9:50                  Start 3rd km

10:05                Finish the 3km walk and rest

10:30                School Bus will bring back the children to the school


March 22nd 2016


8:00                  Arrival of Students with Hilmi Al Kindi at Shell Petrol Station, Al Hail Conniche

8:15                  Start Walk with the Traditional Music Band

8:45                  Arrival at MEDRC

                                                MEDRC walker and School children

9:00 – 9:05        Reading of the Holy Quran

                                                Read by Student from Khouris Al Haboos School

9:05 – 9:20        Welcoming remarks, MEDRC and its role in World Water Day 2016

                                                By Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research, MEDRC and Eng. Riadh Dridi
                                                Head of Training, MEDRC

9:20 – 9:30        Show performed by Khouris Al Haboos Students


9:30 – 9:45        Documentary on #WalkforWaterJobs

                                                 A Documentary made by Students ofKhouris Al Haboos School

8:30 – 9:45        Presentations by Abu Ayoub Al Hadrami School Students (MEDRC reception area)


                                                 A Documentary made by Students ofKhouris Al Haboos School

9: 45 – 10:00     Coffee Break

10:00 –10:30     Saving Water: what every individual can do

                                                By Mushtaq Ahmed Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept of Soils, Water and Agricultural
                                                Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University

10:30 – 11:00    Water Resources in Oman Presentation

                                                ByMs. Ayisha Al Hinaai, Research Associate, MEDRC

11:00 – 12:00    Desalination Plant Presentation and Tour

                                                By Eng. Riadh Dridi, Head of Training, MEDRC

12:00                Adjourn