News and Events: Past 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: 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.
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
Event date: 22/10/2014
Roger Harrison, author of Wings Over Arabia, gave a talk on the venture described below, illustrated by some of the spectacular photographs he took of Saudi Arabia from the air.
Event date: 11/06/2014
Following the Society’s Annual General Meeting, which was held at the Arab–British Chamber of Commerce, The Rt. Hon. Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean gave a talk entitled Experiences of Arabia.
Event date: 08/05/2014
A talk by Julian Lush about Bee–keeping in Saudi Arabia. The lecture took place at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.
Event date: 05/03/2014
A talk by Sir John Jenkins, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, on Saudi Arabia in the Wider Region
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