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Riyadh OSAC Forum 11 December 2011. AGENDA RSO US Embassy Overview of significant events E-mail Alerts/Distribution Membership and Upcoming Dates Any Other Business Date and Location of Next Forum. Deputy Regional Security Officer US Embassy Eleanor Holloway.

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  • RSO US Embassy
  • Overview of significant events
  • E-mail Alerts/Distribution
  • Membership and Upcoming Dates
  • Any Other Business
  • Date and Location of Next Forum


  • Violence in Qatif:
    • Shia teenager killed at check point on 20 November.
    • Several people wounded in demonstrations on 21 November.
    • Four people killed during demonstrations.
    • Representative of MOI says clashes in Eastern Province instigated by “Foreign elements.”
  • International Atomic Energy Agency report on nuclear activity by Iran released and numerous reactions.
  • New Ministry of Defense Minister, Prince Salman conducts review/staff visits of armed forces.


  • Situation in Bahrain under control, but tense and fragile:
    • Saudi forces remain in place some demonstrations occurring.
    • Van “explosion” vicinity British Embassy.
  • Situation in Yemen:
    • Ali Abdullah Saleh signs agreement in Riyadh to transfer power to his deputy.
    • Demonstrations and violence continue.
  • Syria despite Arab League attempted mediation/sanctions continues to experience violence.

E-MAIL ALERTS & Distribution

  • Kingdom News distributed Daily.
  • Monthly Security Notes distributed on 5 December 2011.
  • Joint FBI/DHS Holiday Security Advice distributed on 24 November .
  • OSAC Riyadh Chapter Forum presentation distributed on 14 November.


Thank you!

Following the membership update, Riyadh OSAC has a confirmed membership of 288 members as of 10th December 2011.

Do you know of anyone that would find membership of OSAC a benefit to their business? Let us know so we can add them! Criteria for membership:

Membership in OSAC Saudi Arabia will be limited to US and British Companies. Companies of other countries may be asked to participate in meetings to receive and contribute pertinent information. 

All US and British companies and companies that are Saudi owned, but have US and British employees will be offered membership in OSAC Saudi Arabia

It’s that time of year when the majority of contracts end, please let us know if you, or any member you know, is leaving.


Upcoming Events

13th Dec – Silver Bells – Quincy House

13th Dec – Music Evening – French Ambo’s residence

15th Dec – British Business Festive Ball

17th Dec – Bahrain National Day

18th Dec – Qatar National Day

19th Dec – Community Night – American Embassy

31st Dec – New Year’s – US Marines

If you know of an event then please let us know

National Days may have events or functions

any other business

Any other business

David Alexander