Returning in 2021

Dhahran Expo, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef Al Saud, Governor of Eastern Province

Under the Patronage of H.E. Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Visitor FAQ


Date and Venue

The Saudi Maritime Congress will take place in 2021 at Dhahran Expo in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

More information about the dates will be announced soon.

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  2021 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.

For more information about the hotel facilities, please visit their website: https://le-meridien-al-khobar.h-rez.com/index.htm

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 conservative clothes that cover 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.