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On 17 January at the British Ambassador’s Residence, HRH the Duke of York presented an Honorary OBE to Mr Khalid Al Zayani, Chairman of the Bahrain British Business Forum and Chairman of the GREAT British Week Steering Group. Mr Al Zayani was awarded an Honorary OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to UK business overseas and UK/Bahraini relations. Her Majesty The Queen gave permission for the honour to be presented to Mr Al Zayani during the Duke of York’s visit. The ceremony was attended by members of Mr Al Zayani’s family.
British Ambassador Iain Lindsay congratulated Mr Al Zayani on receiving his honour, saying:
I am delighted that HRH the Duke of York was able to present Khalid Al Zayani with his Honorary OBE. Khalid has been a passionate supporter of the UK/Bahrain relationship, particularly in the commercial field. As Chairman of the Bahrain British Business Forum since 2009 he has devoted a considerable amount of time and effort to promoting stronger business ties. But he has also helped promote wider relations, such as the annual visits by Chelsea Pensioners to Bahrain to mark Remembrance Day and the annual charitable Poppy Ball. It is fitting that the honour should be presented during GREAT British Week given the leading role Khalid has played, as Chairman of the Steering Group, in organising one of the biggest GREAT British events in the region and one which has attracted so much interest and enthusiasm across Bahrain. I offer him my sincere congratulations.