Visitor FAQ

Date and Venue

When and where will the Saudi Maritime Congress take place?

The Saudi Maritime Congress will take place on 11-12 March 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

How can I get to the Saudi Maritime Congress?

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

Taxis from the airport to the forum venue, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center, should not exceed SAR 70 or around USD 20. The travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Is there parking at the Saudi Maritime Congress venue?

A valet parking service is available at the hotel for all Saudi Maritime Congress attendees.

Travel Arrangements

Do I need a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia?

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.

How do I request a Letter of Invitation?

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

How can I book my hotel in Riyadh?

Our Official Accommodation Partner will be announced soon.

Do you have a recommended travel agent?

Our Official Travel Partner will be announced soon.

Visiting Congress

Is Saudi Maritime Congress free to visit?

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.

Can visitors to the Saudi Maritime Congress exhibition attend the conference?

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].

When will I receive my visitor badge?

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.

Can I register as a visitor onsite when I arrive?

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.

How can I receive the Official Saudi Maritime Congress Event Guide?

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

Delegate Enquiries

Is there any cost to attend the Saudi Maritime Congress as a delegate?

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

Can Saudi Maritime Congress delegates attend the exhibition?

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

When will I receive my delegate badge?

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

Is there a suggested dress code for the Saudi Maritime Congress?

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.

Are there any cultural and local customs in Saudi Arabia I need to be aware of?

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.