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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: 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.
Event date: 20/09/2017
The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Simon Collis, gave a talk to the Society, focusing on Saudi–British relations and recent developments in the Kingdom and the region.
Event date: 20/07/2017
The talk described how the postal service in Arabia developed from its beginnings in antiquity through the early years of Saudi rule in the 1930s. The talk was accompanied by a film.
Event date: 28/11/2016
The 2016 Ghazi Al Gosaibi Memorial Lecture entitled "A Saudi View of Events in the Middle East" was given by HRH Prince Turki al Faisal, Chairman of the Board of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and Patron of the Saudi–British Society.
Event date: 01/06/2016
After the AGM Ms. Salma al Ajaji, of Aramco, gave a talk entitled: Saudi Aramco: Its Role and Future Development.
Event date: 05/11/2015
The Society’s annual Ghazi al Gosaibi Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Mark Thompson and was entitled: Saudi Youth and Societal Transformation: Aspirations and Challenges.
Prince Saud al Faisal, was the Kingdom's Foreign Minister until 2 months ago. Read his obituary here.
Event date: 09/06/2015
In Pursuit of Stability was given by Sir Derek Plumbly, who drew on his experience as a diplomat and international official in the Middle East including nine years in Saudi Arabia, three of them as British ambassador, and three years as the UN Secretary General's Special Coordinator in Lebanon.
Event date: 26/11/2014
Dr. Basmah Mosleh Omair, CEO of Alsayedah Khadiya Bint Khawilid Businesswomen Centre, Jeddah, gave a talk entitled Saudi women and their participation in National Development
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