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.

Event date: 01/10/2019
Mr Alan Dillon, an alumnus from the British Embassy in Riyadh and currently the Head of Chancery in Muscat, spoke to the Society on the subject of his book, ‘Captain Shakespear – Desert exploration, Arabian intrigue and the rise of Ibn Sa’ud’.
Event date: 25/06/2019
The Society's AGM followed by a talk entitled 'Treasures and Transformation' by publisher Peter Harrigan and a reception took place at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London on 25 June.
Event date: 20/02/2019
The Presentation of the 2019 Rawabi Holding Awards took place at the Saudi-British Society’s Annual Dinner.
Event date: 04/12/2018
The Society's annual Ghazi al Gosaibi Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Saud al Sarhan at the Arab–British Chamber of Commerce.
Event date: 21/06/2018
The Society’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and was followed by a talk by Mr. Martyn Best entitled: “Saudi Arabia: Projecting Heritage from 1989 to Vision 2030.”
Event date: 04/04/2018
A panel discussion by young Saudi academics, focusing on Saudi Vision 2030 from the perspective of their own areas of expertise, as well as their views on societal transformation and their aspirations for the future of Saudi Arabia.
Event date: 03/03/2018
The Society's Chairman, Sir Derek Plumbly, writes: Britain’s relations with Saudi Arabia have deep roots. A new page will be turned this week with the visit of HRH Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman
Event date: 22/02/2018
A discussion, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, 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.
Event date: 24/01/2018
The Presentation of the Rawabi Holding Awards took place at the Saudi-British Society’s Annual Dinner.
Event date: 07/11/2017
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.
Event date: 31/10/2017
The Society’s new Culture programme was launched with a presentation by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA) and the Turquoise Mountain Foundation on the expansion of traditional arts in Saudi Arabia. The subject under discussion was the Expansion of Arts in Saudi Arabia.
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.
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