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Dr. Ali Al-Maktoumi

Welcome to the website of the Water Research Center (WRC)
Welcome to the web site of the Water Research Center (WRC) which is envisioned to establish and develop sound approach towards establishing a leading water research center with international recognition. Such goal can be achieved through fundamental and applied thematic research, which is of primary importance to arid and semi-arid areas such as Oman, where water resources are limited and demand is growing. The main focus will be on cross-disciplinary and synergic research in the following areas:

  • Groundwater
  • Desalination
  • Surface water
  • Socioeconomics of water in arid climates
  • Agricultural water management
  • Hydroecology
WRC will continue to build on the previous experiences by disseminating the knowledge in water research issues, tackling the challenges and closely working with other centers and colleges.The Center will strive to strengthen collaborative links with several national and international institutions, agencies and companies and with colleges and centers within SQU to address the challenges in water disciplines such as groundwater resources management, depletion and contamination, flood hazard mitigation, optimum irrigation and crop production, global climatic changes in relation to water resources and others. WRC hosts a Desalination and Nanotechnology Chair who coordinates and provides thesis projects and financial sponsorship for students in PhD and MSc programs in the corresponding specializations.

Equally important will be to provide networking, training and capacity development, facilitation of consultancy services and extension and data collection and archiving on traditional and innovative water technologies and experience.
  • To be a leading center of excellence in water domain: locally, regionally and globally.

  • To develop a road-map and lead initiatives to address water issues in the Sultanate.
  • To carry out innovative high quality research on strategic water related issues through coordination and collaboration with SQU faculty, national, regional and international institutions.
  • To effectively outreach and disseminate research findings to the community, public and private sectors.
  • Publish high-quality results on water research in top outlets (peer-reviewed journals, books, conference proceedings, magazines, newspaper) . Maintain publication series that synthesize and report on water policy, science and engineering issues
  • Identify challenging water issues of the region and, especially, in Oman, and secure research grants from international, governmental and private sectors to conduct most needed research.
  • Provide scientific and financial consultancy to public and private authorities for contract projects.
  • Facilitate SQU and other colleges/universities researchers to initiate and execute water related research.
  • To provide education opportunities to research students interested water resources
  • and related field of studies.
  • Initiate and participate in the design and execution of national and international seminars, conferences, symposia, workshops and short courses on water issues related to the Sultanate, Gulf countries and the world at large.
  • Develop a national database of information about water related issues.
  • Capacity building and community education in water research

SQU has excellent facilities, which are capable to fulfill academic and research needs related to water research. The College of Engineering has Hydrology and Hydraulics laboratory, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Air and Water Quality Laboratory and Environmental Engineering Laboratory that are currently being used for undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs and research projects.

The College of Engineering is collaborating with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan (NEDO) on seawater desalination to meet industrial and public water demands in Oman . The objective of this project is to develop a suitable technology of desalination to supply water for industrial and public use in Oman through construction, long-term testing and evaluation of a model plant, taking into consideration possible oil contamination, high salinity and other characteristics of seawater off the Omani coast. In addition, the project is to train Omani personnel on the conceptual design, operation and maintenance of the developed desalination technology.

The College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences has a 110 hectare Agricultural Experiment Station, which is used for water related research in addition to agriculture. In addition, the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences has Water, Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulics Laboratories. The College of Science has the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory equipped with the latest analyzers that are to be used for a precise determination of the water quality parameters.

The SQU has its own research vessel to conduct a wide variety of measurements in the ocean. This vessel is equipped with the state of the art measuring probes for water quality and hydrodynamic features in the oceanic environment.

All colleges have their own computer laboratories equipped with latest computers and software. In addition to these laboratories, almost every department has an additional specialized laboratory equipped with modern computers and professional software. All faculty members and most of the laboratory staff are provided with their own PCs connected to the Internet via local area network.