Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud
|Abdullah bin Faisal|
|Abdullah bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|House||House of Saud|
|Mother||Sultana bint Ahmed Al Sudairi|
|Died||8 May 2007 (aged 85–86)|
|Burial||Al Adl cemetery, Mecca|
Early life and education
Prince Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1921 or 1922. He was the eldest son of King Faisal. His mother was Sultana Al Sudairi, daughter of Ahmad bin Muhammad Al Sudairi. Abdullah bin Faisal's mother and the mother of Sudairi brothers, Hussa Al Sudairi were sisters. The marriage of Prince Faisal and Sultana bint Ahmed was prearranged while Prince Faisal was travelling abroad. They never saw each other until the marriage. She also bore him three daughters. They later divorced.
Abdullah bin Faisal assumed a number of government positions. He started his political career in 1945 when he disputed his half-uncle Mansour's appointment as acting viceroy of Hijaz and actually assumed the office one year later.
He served as the minister of health from 1949 to 1950. Then, he was appointed minister of interior in 1951, being the first interior minister of the Kingdom. He served in this post during the reign of King Abdulaziz and also, of King Saud. His term lasted until 1959 when he resigned. His appointment as minister of health and of interior was a move to make him equal in status to then-minister of defense Prince Mishaal.
Abdullah bin Faisal later left his government job to devote his time to business and cultural activities. He was the founder of Al Faisaliah Group, which was established in Jeddah in 1970. He also founded the SIGMA (Saudi Investment Group and Marketing) company in 1979. The chairman and CEO of the company is his son, Prince Saud.
Abdullah bin Faisal received a number of international honors including an honorary doctorate degree in humanities. He was rewarded with the State Acknowledgement Award for Literature in 1984. A composer of both classical and colloquial poetry, his works include the collection The Inspiration of Deprivation (Min Wahye al Hirman), 1980. A number of singers have sung his poems, including the famous Egyptian singer, Um Kulthoum.
His publications include:
- Mahrum: Min Wahye al Hirman
Prince Abdullah died on 8 May 2007. Funeral prayers were performed at the Masjid al Haram in Mecca and attended by late Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, his younger brothers Prince Saud and Prince Khaled as well as other members of the royal family. Prince Abdullah was buried in the Al Adl cemetery in Mecca.
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