The ultimate guide for your visit to INDEX Saudi Arabia
Planning your visit to Riyadh has never been easier. Read on for information on traveling into Saudi Arabia, visa, how to get into the venue, and a couple of pointers to keep in mind for a safe visit to the show.
Traveling to Saudi Arabia?
- All COVID‑19 restrictions for travel to Saudi Arabia have been lifted.
- Passengers are no longer required to hold a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or a PCR/Rapid Antigen test result to enter the country.
- Quarantine restrictions have also been lifted.
- Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the TAWAKKALNA app on arrival.
- Holders of all types of Visit Visas are required to have insurance to cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment during their stay in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to the world through its new tourist visa. With the new fast and easy-to-use online portal, international visitors from eligible countries can apply for an eVisa and discover the warm hospitality of Saudi people.
Exhibitors and visitors of the show (Eligible 49 Countries only) can obtain a tourist visa through the fast and easy-to-use online portal. The eVisa will be a one-year, multiple-entry visa, allowing tourists to spend up to 90 days in the country.
Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre (RICEC) is a state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facility designed to help businesses showcase their products, services, and capabilities. RICEC can serve your additional needs for conferences, workshops, and VIP meetings space. It is located at the King Abdullah Road near Exit 10 (AlKharj-Airport highway) on the Eastern Ring Road.
Venue location: King Abdullah Rd, King Abdullah Dt., Riyadh 11564, Saudi Arabia
+966 11 200 6677
How to get there?
By Car or Taxi
From Eastern Ring Road Going North, exit 9, Turn left to King Abdullah Road, U Turn on Uthman Ibn Affan Road back to King Abdullah Branch Road. RICEC is to your right.
From Airport Road go south to Eastern Ring Road, exit 9, Turn right to King Abdullah Road, U Turn on Uthman Ibn Affan Road back to King Abdullah Branch Road. RICEC is to your right.
Parking: Free visitor parking is available on the Exhibition Grounds via Gate 2
IMPORTANT VISITING INFORMATION
DO I NEED TO REGISTER TO ATTEND INDEX SAUDI ARABIA?
INDEX Saudi Arabia is free to attend for all. Online registration is required through the event website before you arrive.
Note: This event is for trade professionals only and strictly no entry for under 18s.
WHERE CAN I GET MY TICKET AT THE EVENT?
Tickets will not be printed on-site. Print your ticket before visiting INDEX Saudi Arabia. This will be used as your show 'badge' when you enter.
IS THERE ANY CHECKING WHILE ENTERING THE EVENT?
You must check-in using the Tawakkalna App at the entrance. Your temperature will be checked by the organizing staff at the entrance.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY FREE ACCESS?
You get free access to INDEX Saudi Arabia and the co-located event, The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.
I'M AN INTERNATIONAL VISITOR. HOW DO I GET A VISA TO SAUDI?
Saudi Arabia is accepting tourist visas now. You can apply for a tourist visa and register to attend INDEX Saudi Arabia. To apply for a tourist visa, visit www.visitsaudi.com.
Trace Riyadh's History
Built in 1865 and superbly preserved, Al Masmak Fortress is a vast clay and mud-brick citadel that’s a favorite among tourists wanting to step back in time and explore Saudi’s roots. In 1902, King Abdulaziz captured the fortress and took control of Riyadh (his ancestral home) after having lived in Kuwait.
From this fortress, Abdulaziz Al Saud conquered and united the different kingdoms and provinces that make up the Saudi nation as we know it today.
Shopping in Riyadh
From ancient labyrinthine souqs to luxury malls and quirky boutiques, Riyadh sets the standard for a destination shopping city. The city’s most famous market is the Souq Al Zal, which remains as noisy and vibrant as when it first emerged in 1901.
Everything from gold coins to quirky handicrafts and dusty antiques can be found here, including traditional Saudi items such as dallah coffee pots and mabkhara incense burners. For more modern shopping venues, choose from Riyadh Park Mall, with an IMAX cinema and arcade under its palm trees and wave-like glass roof; the open-air precinct The Zone, where stores and restaurants are clustered around a main plaza; or the shops at the Kingdom Centre, which are almost as impressive as the shiny skyscraper itself.
Sample Saudi cuisine in Riyadh’s Restaurants
One of the best ways to experience Riyadh’s cultural fusion is through its cuisine. Najd Village combines the dining and heritage experiences, with faithfully re-created Najd architecture and authentic recipes such as kabsa, jareesh and hashi.
More contemporary takes can be found at the sophisticated Takya, serving Saudi fusion food inspired by the country’s regions, and Suhail, with its modern spin on traditional Saudi favorites.