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The Brains for Brine Challenge

challenging the world to find new solutions to protect marine habitats from brine discharge.

Final Five Finalist Ideas


The Red Sea Project is an exquisite luxury tourism destination with islands, nature and culture, setting a new standard of sustainable development and positioning Saudi Arabia on the global tourist map. One of the aspirational sustainability targets of the project is to reach zero discharge, i.e. 100% waste water re-use and no brine discharge into the Red Sea.

Brine discharge

Brine discharge is an issue that continues to challenge the water industry and the academia that focus on desalination. To bring fresh ideas to valorize brine and minimize the environmental impact, The Red Sea Development Company, supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Water Desalination and Re-use Center, has launched the Brains for Brine challenge. This challenge aims to gather, support and develop alternatives for brine discharge, minimizing environmental impact by creating value from residuals.



The session will include short concept presentations from 5 potential winners, who will compete for 3 first prizes of $10,000 each, that will be awarded at the end of the session. Winning ideas will also be developed further in partnership with the Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) for potential pilot projects and eventual commercial application, with TRSDC acting as the lead investor.

Send us your idea for a chance to win $10,000 and have your idea developed into a project supported by KAUST experts and implemented as a part of Saudi Arabia’s sustainably developed luxury tourism destination – The Red Sea Project.


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