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 visitors to the Saudi Maritime Congress 2020 require a visa to enter the Kingdom. It is advised you apply for your eVisa as soon as you can to allow for possible delays and rejections.

The Saudi Arabia tourist visa application form takes a few minutes to complete and may take up to 72 hours to be accepted. To avoid delays and possible rejections, candidates should make sure that all the sections are answered fully and accurately.

  • Candidates are required to provide personal information during the eVisa application process.
  • This includes details such as: full name, address, date of birth, passport details and travel plans.
  • Applicants must also answer a few security-related questions. 

The information provided on the application form will then be screened using several databases. It is essential that the passport details stated on the application exactly match the passport used to travel, otherwise the Saudi eVisa will not be valid.

When completing your eVisa, in the reason for travel box, please advise that you will be visiting the Saudi Maritime Congress.

You can get more information and apply for your visa via the following link: https://visa.visitsaudi.com/

Our Official Accommodation Partner will be announced soon.

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.