Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Majid bin Abdulaziz
Governor of the Makkah Province
In office 1980 – 1999
Predecessor Fawwaz bin Abdulaziz
Successor Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz
Monarch King Khalid
King Fahd
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs
In office 1975 – 1980
Predecessor Office established
Successor Mutaib bin Abdulaziz
Monarch King Khalid
Spouse Nuf bint Abdallah Al Fahd Al Muhanna
Full name
Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Muhdi
Born 19 October 1938
Riyadh
Died 13 April 2003(2003-04-13) (aged 64)
Jeddah
Burial 13 April 2003
Al Adl cemetery, Mecca
Religion Islam

Majid bin Abdulaziz (19 October 1938 – 13 April 2003) was a member of House of Saud and served in a different cabinet positions as well as Makkah governor.

Early life and education[edit]

Majid bin Abdulaziz was born in Riyadh on 19 October 1938.[1] He was a son of King Abdulaziz. His mother was Muhdi. Prince Majid was full-brother of late Prince Sattam, the former Riyadh governor, late Sultana and late Haya.[2] Prince Majid received formal education in Riyadh.[1]

Career[edit]

At the end of 1975, Majid bin Abdulaziz was appointed by King Khalid as minister of municipal and rural affairs, being the first minister, since this ministry was first established in this year in Saudi Arabia.[3][4] Prince Mutaib was also joined the Saudi cabinet at that time, being appointed minister of public works and housing.[5] These two appointments were a move to reduce the power of Sudairi Seven in the cabinet.[4][5]

Then, on 3 March 1980, Prince Majid was appointed governor of the Makkah Province,[1] replacing Prince Fawwaz. His tenure lasted for nineteen years from 1980 to 1999. Majid resigned from office as a result of a scandal involving one of his staff.[6]

Views and allegiances[edit]

Prince Majid argued that communism and other temporal ideologies were totally false and against human nature.[7] Prince Majid was close to both then Crown Prince Abdullah and Sudairi Seven, acting as a floating voter in contests.[8] However, during his tenure in Mekkah governorship he was much closer to Crown Prince Abdullah.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Majid married Nuf bint Abdallah Al Fahd Al Muhanna.[10] He has seven children, two sons and five daughters. His eldest son, Mishaal bin Majid, is the governor of Jeddah city. Other son Abdulaziz bin Majid is the former governor of Medina province.[11] One of his daughters, Jawaher bint Majed, is the first Saudi woman to have been granted the title of the patron of arts in Saudi Arabia.[12] His other daughter, Princess Basma, married prince bandar bin Al Faisal Al Saud.[13]

Philanthropy[edit]

The Society of Majid bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services (Society) was founded in 1998 by Majid bin Abdulaziz.[14] Initially its name was “Makkah Al Mukarramah Association for Development and Social Services” at the founding stage. Later, it was changed into “The Society of Majid bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services”, and was registered as a “charity” in the register of charities at the ministry of social affairs in 2000.[14] Mishaal bin Majid is the chairman of the society.[1]

The Majid society was given by the Global Research Alliance (GRA) A+ rating for its achievements during 2011.[15]

Death and funeral[edit]

Prince Majid died in Jeddah after suffering from a prolonged illness on 13 April 2003.[1][16] His funeral prayers were performed in Grand Mosque on the same day and he was buried in Al Adl cemetery on Majed Street in Mecca.[16][17] Then Crown Prince Abdullah, Prince Sultan, Prince Nayef, Prince Salman and other senior Saudi royals attended the funeral.[16][18]

Honours[edit]

AUT Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria - 2nd Class BAR.png Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash (2nd Class) for Services to the Republic of Austria (2000).[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Majid bin Abdulaziz Biography". Majid Society. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Family Tree of Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ De Marino, Don (1979). "Royal factionism and Saudi foreign policy". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Abir, Mordechai (1988). Saudi Arabia in the Oil Era: Regime and Elites: Conflict and Collaboration. Kent: Croom Helm. 
  5. ^ a b Salameh, Ghassane; Vivian Steir (October 1980). "Political Power and the Saudi State". MERIP (91): 5–22. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Prince Mishaal on Governing Saudi Arabia's Second City, Jeddah". Wikileaks. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wealth keeps Saudi Kingdom stable". The News and Courier. AP. 22 April 1990. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Taheri, Amir (2012). "Saudi Arabia: Change Begins within the Family". The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 34 (3): 138–143. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Late Saudi King Fahd: A Mixed Legacy". Wikileaks. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Family Tree of Majid bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". datarabia.com. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Emirs of Al Madinah". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Princess Jawahir bint Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Arab Women. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Sabri, Sharaf (2001). The House of Saud in commerce: A study of royal entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia.. New Delhi: I.S. Publications. ISBN 81-901254-0-0. 
  14. ^ a b "The Society of Majid bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services". Arab Sustainability Leadership Group. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "the Global Research Alliance (GRA) has granted the society A+ rating for its achievements during 2011". Arab News. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c "Thousands Attend Majed’s Funeral". Arab News. 14 April 2003. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Al-Adl: One of Makkah’s oldest cemeteries". Saudi Gazette. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Death of Prince Majid bin Abdulaziz". Saudi Embassy. 13 April 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about "Decoration of Honour"" (pdf) (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2013.