Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation
in office 1978 – 5 November 2011
Predecessor Turki II bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Successor Khalid bin Sultan
Monarch Khalid
Born 1931 (age 83–84)
Spouse Maha Al Ibrahim
Full name
Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father ibn Saud
Mother Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi
Religion Islam

Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz (عبد الرحمن بن عبد العزيز آل سعود, ʿAbd ar-Raḥman ibn ʿAbd l-ʿAzīz Āl Saʿūd) (born 1931) is a senior member of the House of Saud and former deputy minister of defense and aviation.

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Abdul Rahman was born in 1931. He is the eldest surviving member of the Sudairi Seven.[1][2] His mother is Hassa Al Sudairi.[3]

Prince Abdul Rahman is the first of King Abdulaziz's sons to study in the West. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the California Military Academy.[4]


Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz served as the counsellor of Royal Family affairs in the mid-1970s.[5] He replaced his full brother, Prince Turki (II), as the Kingdom's deputy minister of defense and aviation in 1978, when the latter resigned.[6] Before his appointment, Prince Abdul Rahman was a businessman.[7] He served in this post from 1978 to 5 November 2011.[6] During the 1980s, when he was deputy minister, he is reported to have provided the food service to the ministry through his own large food service company.[8]

During the late Prince Sultan’s absence from the Kingdom due to his treatment abroad, he stepped up his activity at the ministry. He was often described as having grown more ornery with age.[1]

Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz was relieved from his post as deputy minister on 5 November 2011. Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that he was dismissed by King Abdullah after being unhappy at being bypassed for selection as Crown Prince in favor of late Prince Nayef and subsequently refusing to declare allegiance for the latter.[9] It is further reported that he argued he should have been promoted.[10]


Prince Abdul Rahman is considered to have been unhappy with the succession arrangement and Prince Nayef's appointment as Crown Prince. He was reported to have expressed his concerns about the formation of the Allegiance Council in 2007. Although nearly all surviving sons of King Abdulaziz supported the new arrangement, only he expressed his protests about it. The reason for his protests was seen as the fact that he was next in age after then-Crown Prince Sultan. Because the new arrangement regarding succession is not based on seniority but on merits. Prince Salman, who is his younger full brother and the referee in family disputes, is reported to have met with Prince Abdul Rahman and told him to "shut up and get back to work".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Abdul Rahman is married to Maha Al Ibrahim, who is the sister of late King Fahd's spouse Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim and Al Ibrahim brothers, including Waleed Al Ibrahim.[12] His son-in-law is Nayef bin Sultan bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan.



  1. ^ a b Nathaniel Kern; Matthew M. Reed (15 November 2011). "Change and succession in Saudi Arabia". Foreign Reports Bulletin. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saudi succession developments" (PDF). Foreign Reports Inc. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Winberg Chai (22 September 2005). Saudi Arabia: A Modern Reader. University Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-88093-859-4. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Sabri, S. (2001). The house of Saud in commerce: A study of royal entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. I. S. Publications.
  5. ^ Gulshan Dhanani (19 June 1982). "The King Is Dead, Long Live the King" (PDF). Economic and Political Weekly 17 (25). Retrieved 14 March 2015.  – via JSTOR (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Nimrod Raphaeli (September 2003). "Saudi Arabia: A Brief Guide to its Politics and Problems" (PDF). MERIA 7 (3): 11. 
  7. ^ William B. Quandt (1981). Saudi Arabia in the 1980s: Foreign Policy, Security, and Oil. Washington DC: The Brookings Institution. p. 79. 
  8. ^ "The role of Saudi princes in uniform". Wikileaks. 27 May 1985. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Ahmed Masri (7 November 2011). الامير عبد الرحمن اعفي من منصبه لرفضه 'البيعة' [Saudi Prince Abdul Rahman Reportedly Removed for Refusing to Pledge Allegiance]. Al Quds Al Arabi (in Arabic). Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Ian Bremmer (2 March 2012). "The next generation of Saudi royals is being groomed". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Crown Prince Sultan backs the king in family". Wikileaks. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "HH Princess Al Jawhara bint Ibrahim". King Abdulaziz University. 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2012.