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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.
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.