News and Events

The Saudi British Society is proud to host a wide range of events, lectures and presentations, showcasing the rich cultural palettes of, and relationships between, the Middle East and the Western World. Delving into both macro and micro subjects, the Society’s lectures look at past, present and future, and offer unique insights into a fascinating region and a vitally important relationship.

It is with great sadness that The Saudi British Society acknowledges the sudden but peaceful passing of a dear friend and supporter, Roger Harrison, at his home on the Spanish island of Mallorca on Saturday 16th October 2021, at the age of 75 years.
Event date: 30/09/2021
There was a talk by Dr Thalia Kennedy on 'Reviving Heritage: Turquoise Mountain and the Traditional Arts of Saudi Arabia' at the Society’s AGM on 30 September. 
Event date: 23/09/2021
On the 23rd of September 2021, The Society was proud to join in the worldwide celebrations for Saudi Arabia National Day.
Event date: 02/06/2021
John McAslan CBE speaks on Nejd Architecture: A Living Tradition, illustrating his practice's commitment to understanding local traditions and reflecting these in its portfolio of work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.
Event date: 25/03/2021
Our Speaker on this occasion, Dr Michael C. A. Macdonald, talking on the intriguing subject of 'The curious history of written Arabic' examined the relationship between Arabic and writing through the centuries.
Event date: 31/01/2021
The Saudi British Society announces with great sadness the death of SBS Honorary Member and former Trustee Muawiya Derhalli, who died peacefully at home on 29 January 2021, aged 93. Muawiya was a wonderfully loyal member of the SBS, coming to all meetings he could and applying his wit and wisdom to Society issues.
Event date: 03/12/2020
Our Speaker on this occasion was Baria Alamuddin, international journalist and broadcaster and her topic for the Lecture was ‘Ghazi Gosaibi: the man, the reformer and his ideals for women being implemented in Saudi Arabia‘.
Event date: 29/09/2020
On Tuesday 29 September the Saudi British Society held its Annual General Meeting via Zoom, hosted by Chairman Sir William Patey. During the meeting, Sir William gave his report on the Society’s activities – which have continued in strong vein in a virtual format.
Event date: 27/08/2020
SBS members enjoyed an entertaining online talk about Colonel Thomas E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) on the evening of Thursday 27 August. Delivered by Philip Neale, Chair of the T.E. Lawrence Society.
Event date: 13/08/2020
The Saudi British Society hosted a private virtual event ‘An Evening with Ms. Sawsan Albahiti, Saudi Arabia's First Opera Soprano’ on Thursday 13 August 2020 at 6pm (UK Time) via Zoom, hosted by SBS Chairman Sir William Patey.
Event date: 25/06/2020
The Saudi British Society hosted a private virtual event ‘A Panel Discussion by Young Saudis’ on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 6pm (UK Time) via Zoom, hosted by SBS Chairman Sir William Patey.
Event date: 11/06/2020
On 11 June 2020, members of The Saudi British Society, with the kind cooperation of the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA), were given an exclusive opportunity to see Arabian Renaissance, a new documentary film.
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