Opening of Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017 – great show

Opening of the 44 Games, more space, events and competitors than ever

Team Germany

Team Palestine

All Teams – 1300 young people – 4 days challenge ahead

The day started with a sightseeing tour and ended with a great opening ceremony – music, speeches, dance and the walk and the oath of the nations – it is like the olympic games – great show.

I learned a lot about this peace of land – an architect showed us around – that was absolutely informativ. He explained the history, the culture and had a lot of stories – great day. I have been here already three times (foundation of Arab Countries Water Utility Association – ACWUA in 2009) but I learned most today.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht


Water Technology – getting ready

The heat is on.

The Water Skill place gets set up. All Teams do help to set up the equipment. Thanks to the companies to provide the material.

We are waiting for 100 000 visitors to see this event.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Worldskills Abu Dhabi 2017

They are running the water “Show”

Abu Dhabi, Oct. 13th

I arrived today in Abu Dhabi. Tomorrow is the opening Ceremonie of the 44th Worldskills. 1300 competitors from 78 countries will show their skills in 51 competitions.

Among them are 42 young Germans (most are 21) for 37 skills and one demonstration skill.

The demonstration skill is my “sunshine Water Technology”. I pushed that for years (Worldskills Leipzig 2013) and with the help of FESTO and the extreme help of the Expert Hilmar Tetsch, Stuttgart the show can start.

Patrick Gundert from Neuwied is the German competitor (Fachkraft für Abwassertechnik) and I wish him all the best.

I am here to promote this new “baby” and to get more countries involved. I will meet people from Jordan and Namibia. Today I met the UNESCO-UNEVOC boss and he will support the Water Topic again.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Jordan – since 10 years in the region

Early September I travelled again to Jordan, Amman. GIZ asked me to do some quality work in in education. I was nice to meet a lot of people again. Since 10 years I travel this country. Since 2010 I work together with the company ENGICON, a big consultant company. They doing a good job in training. I visited many places and spoke with old and new collegues.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Worldskills Abu Dhabi – New Skill „Water Technician“

From 15.-19.10.2017 the Worldskills Abu Dhabi with 51 skills an more than 1000 participants from 77 countries will show up and show their skills.

The new skill „Water Technician“ will be shown and I will inform the interested visitors about it. In 2013 I organzied the first test during Worldskills in Leipzig.

I will report and document the new skill in this blog.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

World Water Week 2017 – Wastewater Skills and Reuse Options needed

Stockholm August 2017 – only 20% of the world wastewater gets treated.

Back from Stockholm, where I was involved in two lectures – wastewater treatment needs skilled staff and strengthening wastewater reuse project thinking – I can see that the discussion is still in a very theoretical status. World Water Week is a very much political, development countries and UN driven event.

That is needed to allocate financial and political support around the globe but sometimes it is too high in the “cloud” for me.

Nevertheless I learnt about the political global roadmap and that’s helps me in my more practical job.

The best thing is to meet colleagues and friends again and to discuss further practical protect possibilities and to learn where the “money thinking” of donors intend to go.

From 26.-31.8.2018 the next topic will be focus on Water, Ecosystem and Human.

I will try to get the new Worldskills “Water Technician” and the “Water Skills and University Challenge” movement shown. The world wastewater sector needs qualified engineers,scientists and particular skilled water technicians.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht

Documenta 2017 in Kassel – worth to go


Kassel, July 2017

Every 5 years in Kassel, Germany is the biggest art event of the world. Over 100 days in more than 30 places around the city are art events. It was the first time I went to such an event. I´m an engineer – therefore art is normaly not my favorite subject. I must say that I liked that show. A friend of mine and I went for two days and we just shaw three places but I liked it. These pipes are concrete pipes, but the artist made houses out of them. Pretty strange but nice to see – many objects are playing with your fantancy, I like that.

Art is important to deal with rallity and influence the people and the zeitgeist.

Rüdiger Heidebrecht, August 2017