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: 25/03/2009
Sir William Patey, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, gave a lecture entitled, Saudi Arabia: Continuity or Change by Sir William Patey
Event date: 11/09/2008
The Hon. Secretary, Mrs Ionis Thompson, gave a talk entitled "Tourism in Saudi Arabia Today" at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
Event date: 02/07/2008
The Society's Annual General Meeting and Reception were held at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
Event date: 07/06/2008
2008 saw two Connecting Cultures journeys take place in Oman. The first, for 18 girls, involved 5 days in the Sharqiya Sands in early February, using camels for transportation.
Event date: 21/05/2008
The Society co-hosted a talk with the Society for Arabian Studies entitled: From Mayfair to Mecca by William Facey on the life of Lady Evelyn Cobbold, at the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Event date: 12/03/2008
Saudi Women Today - a Personal View. A lecture by Dr. Samira Osailan, an oral surgeon and proud Saudi Arabian woman working at Guy’s Hospital, London.
Event date: 09/09/2007
Mr. James Barr, author of "Setting the Desert on Fire: T.E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916–18", gave a lecture to the Saudi British Society.
Event date: 16/06/2007
In 2007, Connecting Cultures sent a group of young people to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle.
Event date: 06/07/2006
After the AGM Ms Julia Johnson spoke about the pearling industry, diving for pearls as a way of life as well as the real value of pearls and their cultural significance.
Event date: 22/03/2006
Speech by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al-Saud at a buffet reception in honour of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki at the Travellers Club in London.
Event date: 10/11/2005
Patrick Forbes, Head of External Relations at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, spent 10 days touring the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of an exchange scheme aimed at familiarizing young men from Britain and Saudi Arabia with the two Kingdoms.
Event date: 10/11/2005
Brigadier Nick Cocking spoke about his time in Saudi Arabia between 1960 and 1991. He reflected on the changes that and developments had taken place there during his lifetime.
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