KAUST is a vast gated community of 45 sq km with restricted entry. Conference registration includes the required entry code.
The closest airport with commercial flights is the Jeddah International Airport, also known as the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) (IATA: JED, ICAO: OEJN). Approximately 70 airlines serve JED. Major global alliance carriers are: Saudia (SkyTeam), Turkish (Star Alliance), and Qatar (One World). Non-aligned carrier Emirates connects to Dubai three times daily and Etihad to Abu Dhabi twice daily. A taxi ride to the campus takes approximately one hour and costs approximately 200 Saudi Arabian Riyals.
The closest train station is that of the Haramain High Speed Railway in the King Abdullah Economic City (HHR KAEC station). There are five connections per day between JED and KAEC via the railway, which takes 45 minutes. A taxi ride to the campus from the station takes approximately 15 minutes and costs approximately 50 Saudia Arabian Riyals.
Unregistered external vehicles (including standard ride services) can reach as far as the KAUST Visitor Center (pin). Once you arrive at the KAUST Visitor Center, you can use KAUST internal buses or taxis connect to the KAUST Al Khozama Hotel or the conference halls. To skip the connection at the visitor center, these taxi services are registered with KAUST security and can pass with the visitor registration number:
The DD28 conference organizers plan to arrange buses for high density arrival and departure times. Registrants interested in these connections should update their arrival information at the (editable) registration form when their final arrangements are made.
Arriving by car:
Registrants planning to drive to KAUST, need to submit the following documents in advance
Passport or Saudi Resident Iqama or Saudi ID
Driver’s icense (if you have a chauffeur, please provide his ID as well)
Car registration card
Certificate of valid car insurance
Please contact DD28@kaust.edu.sa at least three days in advance if you wish a confirmation of your vehicle access with KAUST Security by the host team.