The world’s most water-scarce region is the MENA region, where more than 60% of the population has little or no access to drinkable water. It faces the challenge of sustainably developing its infrastructure and managing water resources amidst growing scarcity, due to a rapidly growing population and urbanization. Effectively overcoming this challenge starts with ensuring a skilled workforce and resource-efficient water management. The panel will present experiences and best practices from across MENA, drawing on synergies between private and public sectors, to address this challenge using innovative technologies (VR) and develop necessary skill sets (incl. health and safety) for sustainable water management practices and resilient infrastructure while enhancing female participation.