Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz
Governor of Al Jawf Province
In office 1998–2001
Predecessor Sultan bin Abdurrahman Al Sudairi[1]
Successor Fahd bin Badr bin Abdulaziz
Monarch King Fahd
Governor of al-Qassim Province
In office March 1982 – March 1992
Successor Faisal bin Bandar
Monarch King Khalid
King Fahd
Full name
Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Haya bint Saad Al Sudairi
Born 1939 (age 74–75)
Religion Islam

Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz (Arabic: عبد الإله بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎), also spelled Abdulillah, born 1939) is a member of the House of Saud and has been an adviser to King Abdullah since 2008.

Early life[edit]

Prince Abdul Elah was born in 1939.[2][3] He is the son of King Abdulaziz and Haya bint Sa'ad al Sudairi, a member of the powerful Sudairi family who died in Riyadh on 18 April 2003 at the age of 90.[4] He is a full brother of the late Prince Badr, and the late Prince Abdul Majeed.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Prince Abdul Elah served as the governor of Al-Qassim Province from March 1980 to March 1992. Then, he was appointed governor of Al Jawf Province in 1998 and served in this post until 2001.[2][7] He accompanied King Abdullah on diplomatic trips abroad, when Abdullah was Crown Prince.[8][9]

He is a member of the Allegiance Council.[10] On 8 October 2008, he was appointed as adviser to King Abdullah with the rank of minister.[10][11] He is an entrepreneur and chairman of the Arabian Jewelry Company, National Investment Company, and the National Automobile Company.[2]

Succession[edit]

Although Prince Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz was considered a candidate for the throne by virtue of seniority, he had some drawbacks such as his ill-starred government career. Since he was twice removed from governorships, there were doubts about his competency.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Abdul Elah is married to Princess Salwa Al Ahmed, a medical doctor. His children, three sons and two daughters, are Abdul Aziz (born 1965), a stakeholder in Al-Rajhi Bank, Mishail, Abdul Majid and Fahda (Twins, born 1993), and Noura (born 2002).[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emirs of al Jouf". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Sharaf Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. I.S. Publications. pp. 148–149. ISBN 81-901254-0-0. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Simon (August 2008). "After King Abdullah: Succession in Saudi Arabia". Policy Focus #96 (Washington Institute for Near East Policy). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Princess Haya Bint Saad Al Sudairi, 90, Wife of Modern Saudi Arabia Founder". Sun Sentinel. 7 May 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Princess Haya, 90; Wife of a Founder of Modern Saudi Arabia". Los Angeles Times. 5 May 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "One of the wives of King Abdul Aziz dies". Albawaba. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "King Fahd holds talks with the Jordanian King". King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. 14 May 2000. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Crown Prince Abdullah leaves for United States of America". SAMIRAD. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Crown Prince receives Palestinian Premier". SAMIRAD. 30 December 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz appointed royal adviser". Saudi Embassy, Washington D.C. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Simon (21 January 2009). "Saudi Leadership Crisis Looms: Health of Crown Prince Falters". The Washington Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Cable reference id: #09RIYADH1434 (28 October 2009)". Wikileaks. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Family Tree of Abd IIlah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 30 March 2012.