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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.

The death was announced on 16th June 2012 of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, 78-year-old Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, who served as the kingdom's interior minister for more than 35 years.
Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in June 2012.
Event date: 21/03/2012
A special evening for members of the Society was held at the British Museum's exhibition Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam. The event included a tour, followed by a reception in the Great Hall.
Event date: 12/10/2011
A talk by Sir Tom Phillips, British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, entitled Saudi Arabia in the Region and in Itself was held at the Arab–British Chamber of Commerce.
Event date: 29/06/2011
The Society’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Arab–British Chamber of Commerce and was followed by a talk by Mr. Daniel Kawczynski, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Saudi Arabia
Event date: 19/04/2011
Two Saudi students in London gave a talk about their experiences of living and studying in London, at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
Event date: 25/11/2010
Mr. Peter Upton gave a talk entitled "The Arab Horse in Saudi Arabia and Britain: how pure Arab horses reached Europe from their original home in Arabia", at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
The death of Dr. Ghazi al Gosaibi, who was Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1992 to 2002, and was a poet as well as a diplomat, is announced with much regret.
Event date: 29/06/2010
The Society’s Annual General Meeting, held at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, was followed by a talk by Dr. Samar Fatany, entitled "The media as a catalyst for change in Saudi Arabia".
Event date: 14/04/2010
Mr. Ali Almihdar, gave a lecture entitled “The Law Does Not Protect Fools – Or Does It?” at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
The launch has been announced, under the joint Presidency of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Province, of the 10th anniversary Painting and Patronage Programme.
Event date: 07/11/2009
The Saudi-British Society organised its first tour of the Kingdom from 30th October to 7th November 2009. This was arranged through the Traveller agency in London and Sadd al Samallaghi in Saudi Arabia. The tour leader was Ionis Thompson, the Society’s Hon. Secretary, and the tour manager was free-lance archaeologist Iain Shearer.
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