RAWABI HOLDING AWARDS
The Rawabi Holding Awards are made annually to one Saudi and one British citizen
for their contribution to promoting Saudi-British relations and are generously donated by Mr. Abdulaziz al Turki.
The 2019 Rawabi Holding Awards
The 2019 Rawabi Holding Awards ceremony was held at the Institute of Directors in London on 20 February.
The Committee are grateful to members who nominated persons for the 2019 Rawabi awards. The two worthy winners, both of whom are judged to have made significant contributions to friendship and understanding between our two peoples, are:
a Saudi citizen resident in Jedda, is the founder and long time trustee of the
Barakat Trust, a UK charity which supports the study of Islamic art and
architecture and its history. Based for 30 years at Oxford University, and now
in London, the Trust has funded well over 500 students and academics in their
studies and research as well as supporting conferences, exhibitions,
publications, digitisation and conservation.
In addition to enabling Saudi
and other students from the Islamic world to benefit from the expertise in
heritage available in British universities and museums, Ms Alireza has - both
through her energetic leadership of the Trust and her personal engagement in
organising exhibitions and field trips - helped to open eyes in Britain to the
wealth and diversity of the art, crafts and architecture of the region including
Saudi Arabia. She is also a founder of Mansoojat, the foundation which works to
preserve traditional Arabian costume.
MBE is an explorer and educationist, currently the director of Outward
Bound Oman. After teaching in Saudi Arabia for several years, in 2004 he
established Connecting Cultures, an association which takes young people from
different countries on hiking expeditions in the Arabian desert or the Arctic
and enables them to explore not just the wilderness but also their respective
cultures, and to bridge the differences between them.
The Saudi British
Society has supported participation in the trips by young people from Saudi
Arabia and the UK, all of them very successful. UNESCO has been another
Mr Evans has also undertaken longer desert and sea expeditions in
and around Arabia. In 2015/16 he crossed the Empty Quarter on foot and camel in
the footsteps of Bertram Thomas (the first European to make the journey). His
book, 'Crossing the Empty Quarter', was published late in 2016.
There was a drinks reception and, after presentations by the two winners, there
was a buffet supper.
The Rawabi Holding Awards
Mr. Abdulaziz al Turki, a leading Saudi businessman from the Eastern Province generously awards two annual prizes, the Al Rawabi Holding Awards, to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering Saudi–British relations. The prizes are for £5000 each. The candidates (one of whom should be a Saudi citizen and one a British citizen, as from 2016) are chosen from a wide range of fields in which they have made a contribution, including education, literature, journalism, sport, women’s affairs, welfare and medicine, but not the field of commerce, as this is not within the remit of the Society.
The candidates are nominated in the first instance by members of the Saudi-British Society and these names are considered by a Sub–Committee of the Saudi-British Society. A short-list is drawn up, from which 2 names are selected. These are then submitted to the main Committee for their consideration and the final selection put forward to Mr. Abdulaziz al Turki for his approval. The award–giving ceremony is held each year in late January, at a Reception, which is also the Society’s annual buffet supper, at which the Saudi Ambassador to London or his representative is present.
The event is an important part of the Society’s programme for the year and the Society is grateful to Mr. al Turki for his generosity in providing the prizes and sponsoring the award–giving evening.
For all enquiries contact the Honorary Secretary, Mr David