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May 11, 2018

Dr Ramy Salemdeeb, Founder of Zero Waste MENA, announced as winner of 35 Under 35 Award

11 May 2018
Dr Ramy Salemdeeb, Founder of Zero Waste MENA, announced as winner of 35 Under 35 Award 

Dr Ramy Salemdeeb was announced as one of the winners of the 35 Under 35 awards programme.

35 Under 35 is an awards programme, organised by in partnership with Grundon, which identifies the ‘young guns’ in the sector who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to their company, local authority or community.

Speaking of the achievement, Dr Salemdeeb said: Beyond thrilled to make it to the 35 Under 35. This truly is an honour that I’m proud of and humbled to receive. I owe many of my colleagues and mentors a sincere “thank you” for all of their support over the years”.

Lorraine Milburn, Head of Human Resources at Grundon, who was one of the judges, said: “Grundon was delighted to play its part in this inaugural event and we were very excited to see the calibre of all those who entered. The judging was extremely tough but all are extremely worthy winners.

“It is reassuring to know that the future of our industry has such a wealth of up-and-coming talent which will stand us in good stead during the challenging times ahead. We hope these awards will develop and go on to become a real benchmark for future excellence and something that younger professionals will strive towards during their careers.”

The full list of 35 Under 35 winners is available here.

The next deadline for 35 Under 35 entries is 10 April 2019. For further information visit


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Feb 14, 2018

Towards pursuing its strategy: be’ah closes down a Million m2 traditional dumpsite, the biggest in the Sultanate

Over the years, the traditional dumpsite and negative waste disposal practices, such as traditional dumping of waste in open areas and waste burning, in Al Buraimi Governorate has been causing several hazardous problems for the environment and human health, these problems include random fires that cause air pollution. Not to mention the overall dissatisfaction among citizens and residents who live nearby the dumpsite.

Prior the closure of Al Buraimi site (Source: Be'ah).
To tackle these environmentally damaging problems, Oman Environmental Services Holding Company “be’ah” closed down one of the largest traditional dumpsites in the Sultanate. With an area of 1 Million m2 and poor waste management processes that lasted for two decades, the traditional dumpsite’s operations in Al Buraimi came to an end in July 2017. The closure project included closing the dumpsite, composing and reducing the amount of waste at the site, and finally covering the site with a thick layer of soil. It was replaced with an engineered landfill designed according to international standards. Plans are in place to rehabilitate the old dumpsite.

It is noteworthy that the project is part of be’ah’s strategy to control environmental damage incurred during traditional waste dumping processes. In this matter, the company has shut down more than 200 traditional dumpsites since 2015 and more closure projects are in progress. The company’s strategy also includes structuring the waste sector and its related services in a sustainable manner, developing the industry, and supporting the national economy. In addition, be'ah works on moving towards sustainable waste management practices as per the international standards by establishing the required infrastructure, restructure the municipal waste collection services and improve public awareness of waste management.

A bird-view aerial picture of Al Buraimi site after its closure.

About be’ah:
Oman Environmental Services Holding Company S.A.O.C “be’ah” was established in 2007. In 2009, Royal Decree No. 46/2009, granted be’ah the mandate and the legal status as the entity responsible for solid waste management in the Sultanate of Oman. be’ah strives towards a vision to conserve the environment of a beautiful Oman for future generations. be’ah’s main objectives are to control environmental damage incurred during traditional waste dumping processes; structure the waste sector and its related services in a sustainable manner; develop the industry; and support the economy. The company acquired three Integrated Management System (IMS) certifications (ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 1400: 2015, and OHSAS 18001: 2007).

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