Visitor FAQ

Date and Venue

The Saudi Maritime Congress will take place on 22 - 23 March 2020 at Dhahran Expo in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Taxis and/or Uber services are available in Dammam and will be able to drop you directly outside the venue.

The travel time to the venue from airport is approximately 30 minutes.

A free parking is available at the venue for all Saudi Maritime Congress attendees.

Travel Arrangements

All Saudi Maritime Congress  2020 attendees can obtain a Saudi Arabia Entry Visa by selecting the below visa type and then filling in the relevant form:

Exhibitors and sponsors– you will need to apply for a business visa.

International visitors from all eligible countries – you will need to apply for a tourist eVisa. 

International visitors NOT from eligible countries – you will need to get in contact with your local embassy to apply for your travel visa to Saudi Arabia.

Click here for more information.

The official hotel for Saudi Maritime Congress is Le Méridien Al Khobar, a luxurious 5-star hotel in Al Khobar.

Please click here to book directly through the hotel page at a special rate for the event attendees.

  • 800 SAR (room only basis) per night.
  • 850 SAR (breakfast inclusive) per night.

For more information about the hotel facilities, please visit their website:

*Please have in mind that availability is limited so we would advise you book well in advance.

Our Official Travel Agend will be announced soon.

Attending Congress

Yes, both Saudi Maritime Congress exhibition and conference are free to attend. Please pre-register online for a free fast-track entry onsite.

Your Visitor badge will be available for collection onsite at the event. Simply bring your confirmation email with you and you’ll be able to print your badge at the registration desk.

If you haven’t pre-registered online before the event, you can still gain entry into the Saudi Maritime Congress but we advise you try to register beforehand to avoid queues.

The Event Guide is provided to all pre-registered attendees during the registration free of charge.

General Questions

All travellers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are advised to observe the following dress code when in public areas.

Men should wear long pants and shirts not open above the collarbone.

For business meetings, a conservative suit is expected. Women are required to wear an abaya, which is a long robe, usually black, that covers most of their body.

Due to the conservative nature of Saudi society, men and women are reserved in their interaction in public.

It is common for a Saudi to greet each person individually with a handshake while standing.

Always use the right hand when engaging in a handshake, as the left hand is considered impolite.

Please note that it is uncommon for men to shake hands with women unless women offer their hand first.