Riyadh, January 28, 2024, Engineer Mansour bin Hilal Al-Mushaiti, Deputy Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, presented Saudi Arabia's bid to host the World Water Forum 2027 in Riyadh during a meeting with the team from the World Water Council responsible for evaluating the application. The bid, made under the theme "Working for a Better Tomorrow," was discussed in the presence of Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Shaibani, Deputy Minister for Water at the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture.
The Deputy Minister welcomed the evaluation team and highlighted Riyadh's comparative advantages, emphasizing its capability to successfully host the forum with the support of the wise leadership. The meeting covered Riyadh's bid, showcasing the Kingdom's achievements in the water sector and the hosting features, including the hospitality sector's capacity to accommodate the largest global water event. The World Water Forum is anticipated to attract over 40,000 visitors, including experts, specialists, organizations, and governments across all water-related fields.
Following the meeting, the World Water Council conducted the first workshop to assess Riyadh's bid for hosting WWF2027. The evaluation team scrutinized Riyadh's candidacy, focusing on the added value and qualitative transformation that the forum would bring if the city were selected as the host.
The team's itinerary includes meetings with leaders in the water sector and visits to key organizations such as the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), the National Water Company, the Saudi Irrigation Organization, the National Water Efficiency and Conservation Center, the Water Transmission and Technologies Company (WTTCO), the Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), the Water Regulator (WR), and the Royal Commission for Riyadh City. The team will gain insights into the plans and strategies that have propelled the Kingdom's water sector towards excellence, establishing it as an exemplary model for international forums.
The visit also incorporates an exploration of Riyadh's attractions, cultural and artistic diversity, a visit to the National Museum at King Abdulaziz Historical Center, and an overview of the Kingdom's civilizational depth. The team will learn about promising projects in Riyadh, positioning the city as a global destination for tourism and investment.
Preceding the forum, several conferences at various levels will be held in 2025 and 2026 to prepare for this significant event. The announcement of the winner to host the eleventh session will take place in May 2024 during WWF2024 in Bali, Indonesia.