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 foreign non GCC nationals will require a visa to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The requirements and amount of time needed to obtain a visa will vary from country to country. We recommend that you obtain your visa no later than 3 weeks from the event. Last-minute visa applications run the risk of not being approved in time for the event by the Embassy or Consulate.For information on the exact application requirements, please contact your local Saudi Arabian Consulate directly.

The Saudi Maritime Congress organisers are happy to assist with an invitation letter to all fully registered congress delegates and exhibitors.

Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with an invitation letter for exhibition visitors.

For more information please visit Travel Information page

Our Official Accommodation Partner will be announced soon.

Our Official Travel Partner will be announced soon.

Visiting Congress

Yes, the Saudi Maritime Congress exhibition is free to attend. Please pre-register online for a free fast-track entry onsite.

Please note that one has to pay a delegate fee to attend the Congress sessions.

In order to attend the Saudi Maritime Congress conference you need to book and pay a delegate fee. For more information, please contact Ruby Barretto on [email protected]

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.

Delegate Enquiries

Yes, a standard delegate rate is $999USD. To book your place, please contact Ruby Barretto on [email protected]

Yes, Delegate badge gives you free access into Saudi Maritime Congress exhibition.

Your Delegate 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 on the touchscreens.

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.