She opined that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's overseas visits amounts to a last reconnaissance trip to find out whether Saudi Aramco should do the IPO in London, New York or Hong Kong. Since 1953 Saudi Arabia has been ruled by a series of ageing brothers and his father, King Salman, is 82, but Prince Mohammed has been plucked from the next generation.
As the Crown Prince touched down on United Kingdom soil Green party leader Caroline Lucas asked: "Isn't it time we stop giving the red carpet treatment to despots and dictators?"
Early on Wednesday, the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, criticised the Prime Minister and her government's lack of criticism of the Saudi regime, arguing that "it can not be right that the U.K.government is colluding in what the United Nations says is evidence of war crimes".
The Saudi delegation then met May at her offices to launch a UK-Saudi Strategic Partnership Council.
In the past, Turkey has also worked with Iran, which is Saudi Arabia's arch-enemy in the Middle East, to try to reduce fighting in northern Syria.
May should "make clear Britain's strong opposition to widespread human and civil rights abuses in Saudi Arabia", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said. "In jobs, in our lives, in society, everything is going to change for Saudi women", said one of the joggers, university student Sama Kinsara.
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This will also go beyond current trade relations with British non-oil exports to Saudi Arabia totalling 6.2 billion pounds in 2016 and imports from Saudi Arabia totalling 2.6 billion pounds.
Prime Minister May said she would be raising the issue of the crisis in Yemen, but defended the U.K.'s close relationship with the Saudis.
On Thursday, the crown prince will attend a business conference in London before travelling to the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, in Buckinghamshire outside London, before returning to the capital.
They also have a long-standing trade relationship - not just of arms, the most well-known United Kingdom export to Saudi - but also of transport-related equipment, medicinal products, foodstuffs and power-generating equipment, according to the Saudi British Joint Business Council.
The Crown Prince has been the driving force behind a modernisation programme, Vision 2030, in Saudi Arabia but the reforms have been dismissed as a "mirage" by human rights campaigners.
During the discussion Welby pressed concerns over restrictions on Christian worship in Saudi Arabia where converting away from Islam is punishable to death and non-Islamic places of worship are banned.