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.

Note: This event is for trade professionals only. Individuals below the age of 18 are strictly not allowed to enter the exhibition halls.



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.


The Venue

Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center - RFECC

Welcome to the Kingdom’s largest exhibition and conference center. Strategically located near Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center (RFECC) is also minutes away from the capital’s major hotels and malls.

Their world-class facilities are designed to host national, regional and international conferences, meetings and exhibitions with over 36,050m2 of space.

Venue location:
Riyadh Front, 13412 Saudi Arabia


How to get there?

Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center is easy to reach and conveniently located. It’s situated in the north-east side of Riyadh.

By Car or Taxi 

RFECC is easy to drive to and has ample free parking. It is located on Airport Road, minutes away from King Khalid International Airport.

Riyadh’s taxi service is convenient and easy to use. Simply call 920003090 and a driver will be dispatched as soon as possible. Taxi fares start at 10 SAR and then charge a standard 2 SAR/km.



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.