In 1963, Arabian Establishment for Trade (AET), a diverse trading and shipping company, was formed by H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Al-Faisal Al Saud. AET Shipping is now owned by H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Saud Bin Abdullah Al Faisal Bin Abdulaziz and H.R.H. Prince Khalid Bin Saud Bin Abdullah Al Faisal Bin Abdulaziz. AET largely took over the activities of Gellatly Hankey & Co. which had been established in Saudi Arabia for many years and were appointed as Lloyds Agents in 1889.

Arabian Inspection & Survey Co. Ltd. (AIS) is a part of the Saudi Investment Group & Marketing (SIGMA) group of companies. SIGMA encompasses amongst other reputed companies such as Saudi Tourist and Travel Bureau Ltd. (STTB), Arabian Establishment for Trade & Shipping Ltd (AET), AET Petroleum Services, IMA, etc.

In 1978, Arabian Inspection & Survey Co. Ltd. was founded to handle the ever-expanding survey activities of AET. Under the guidance of the current Group Chairman and President, H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Saud Bin Abdullah Al Faisal Bin Abdulaziz, AIS has become the largest survey company in the Middle East with satellite office in major ports and cities in the kingdom, allowing us to provide the best services in the region.

AIS have grown rapidly and now employ a broadly qualified range of staffs from several countries. The company has established itself as an Industry leader in the Cargo, Hull, Machinery and Industrial Sectors.

The AIS is firmly committed to its presence in the region. During the period of stabilization in the economy in recent years, the complement of technical and qualified staff has in fact been increased. Assignments are undertaken both within Saudi Arabia and overseas, especially neighboring countries including Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain and Oman.

The company is appointed by many Associations, and Organizations worldwide. Our client list include – P&I Clubs, Vessel Owners, Charterers, Shippers, Consignees, Lawyers, Banks, Accounting Firms, Industrial Plant Operators, Construction Companies, Manufacturing Factories, Equipment Rental Companies, Stevedoring Companies and Government Organizations.

AIS is composed of vastly experienced specialists from a wide variety of disciplines.

  • AIS represents the largest and most reputed international institutions within the industry.
  • AIS has an extensive network of contacts at its immediate disposal for the delivery of highly specialized services.
  • AIS is committed to the implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System & ISO 17020:2012
  • AIS holds professional Indemnity Insurance Cover for all its services.


To attract, develop and retain a diverse work force that reflects the nature of our growing business by creating an engaging and challenging working environment.

Instill a professional attitude on our employees based upon the highest levels of quality, commitment and customer service.

Attract and attain customers with high-valued services.

Mould all of our long term strategies and short term actions utilizing a set of core values that are shared by each and every employee.


Our long term vision is to become the preferred service provider in the Middle East for Marine and Industrial Inspections.


AIS is appointed by many Associations, Societies and Organizations around the world, including:

Aqualisbraemar is a world leading multi-disciplinary marine surveying and technical consultancy providing services to the world’s shipping, offshore energy and insurance industries.

The Liberian Registry – the second largest in the world – includes over 3,500 ships of over 113 million gross tons, which is over 10 percent of the world’s ocean going fleet.

It is administrated by Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), a U.S. owned and operated company that provides the day to day management for the Republic of Liberia’s (ROL) ship and corporate registry.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) continues to attract many of the world’s premier shipping companies to its Register. The function of the Authority is to register vessels, enforce ship safety requirements and constantly monitor and improve standards.

International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. IRI has been administering maritime and corporate programs and been involved in Flag State Administration since 1948.


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AIS Jeddah

Al Matbouli Plaza
3rd Floor Apt # 302
P O Box 9963
Jeddah 21423
Saudi Arabia

Tel : +966 12 6570904
Fax : + 966 12 6570845
Email : jeddah@ais-survey.com

AIS Riyadh

Diamond Building
6th Floor Apt # 62
Sitten Street, Malaz Area
Saudi Arabia

Tel : + 966 11 4794497 / 4794498
Fax : + 966 11 4772696
Email : riyadh@ais-survey.com

AIS Al Khobar

Al Suwaidi Towers, 4th Floor
King Saud TRoad, North Rakah
P O Box 6850
Al Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia

Tel : + 966 13 8331260 / 8331620
Fax : + 966 13 8331052
Email : dammam@ais-survey.com