The following criteria for the 4 different categories of BBG membership (excluding Honorary) will help you determine which category an applying member falls into along with respective eligibility requirements;
Full – Full membership is open to any British passport holder, who is working in the Kingdom and resident in Jeddah or Western Saudi Arabia. Full members may vote on BBG matters – providing all fees due have been paid in full.
Associate – Associate membership is open to non-British, non-Saudi residents of Jeddah or the surrounding area, who can demonstrate to the committee that they can further British interests. Associate members have no voting rights and cannot serve on the committee.
Saudi Affiliate – Saudi Affiliate membership is open to Saudi nationals, who can demonstrate to the committee that they can further British interests and that opportunities exist for collaboration between their and other member’s organisations. Saudi affiliate members have no voting rights and cannot serve on the committee.
Visiting – Visiting membership is open to persons holding British passports who hold senior positions in British business organisations and who visit Saudi Arabia on a regular basis. Visiting members have no voting rights and cannot serve on the committee.
Membership Application Requirements
The following items are required for an application to be considered for approval:
- Completed BBG membership application form proposed and seconded by two existing Full BBG members with their consent.
- Passport copy
- SR500 (SR200 one-time joining fee and SR300 annual membership fee) – From 1st September until 31st December, annual membership fee reduced to SR150
Please note that only membership applications, which are fully paid-up and with the right paperwork attached will be submitted to the Committee for approval. Currently, all applications are reviewed for approval once a month at the monthly BBG Committee meetings.
As a reminder, for Associate and Saudi Affiliate categories of membership, a condition for membership is that the applicant must be able to demonstrate how he/she, as an individual, professionally or personally, help or further British business interests in Saudi Arabia. Should the applicant not be able to demonstrate this, then his/her application for membership can be refused. Our general guideline is to see whether revenue is being generated to UK plc as a result of the influence the applying member has on such decisions whether in their professional or personal capacity.