Solar energy, Farasan Islands ⁄ Offshore wind turbines, the Channel



The Society hosted a discussion by the 2 stars of the acclaimed, recent Saudi-made film, Barakah Meets Barakah, Hisham Fageeh and Fatima al-Banawi, with extracts from the film and clips of other work the stars have done.

It was a most entertaining and popular evening, introduced by the Rt. Hon. Alistair Burt MP and Caroline Montagu, Countess of Sandwich, Chair of the Society’s Arts Sub-Committee.
For those unable to attend, it is possible to see the film on
The Arab News, now with a London office, reported the event, on

24th JANUARY 2018
The Presentation of the 2018 RAWABI HOLDING AWARDS took place at the Saudi-British Society’s Annual Dinner.
For full details, click here.

First Saudi Archaeology Convention
A three–conference was held from November 7th to 9th at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center and the National Museum in Riyadh, to present recent discoveries and research in the field of Saudi archaeology.

It was opened by HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. Archaeologists from countries including the UK, Italy, France, Japan and Saudi Arabia took part, sharing discoveries which confirm the role of Saudi Arabia as a cross–roads for civilisations throughout history.

Further details here:
bullet point  Press release 06.11.17: How digging into Saudi Arabia’s past is helping drive its future
bullet point  Press release 08.11.17: Technology brings Saudi Arabia’s past alive for a new generation
bullet point  Press release 09.11.17: New archaeological discoveries demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s rich past

26th SEPTEMBER 2017
The Society is sad to announce that Sir James Craig passed away on 26 September.
Sir James was Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1979 to 1984. An academic and brilliant Arabist, his warmth and wit and wisdom were treasured by his colleagues and his many, many friends in the UK and across the Arab world.
He was one of the founders of the Saudi British Society. In 2014 he received the Rawabi Prize for his contribution to Saudi British relations. He will be greatly missed.

The photograph below, taken at an SBS meeting a couple of years ago, shows Sir James Craig seated in the middle.

At the back: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
At the back: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
Front, left to right: Sir Alan Munro, Sir James Craig, Sir Derek Plumbly.


The scheduled Ghazi al Gosaibi memorial lecture to be given on 17th November by Princess Reem bint Bandar, was cancelled as the Princess had unforeseen official commitments in Riyadh which prevented her from being in London.