Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud
|Abdullah bin Faisal|
Abdullah bin Faisal meeting John Kerry
|Governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)|
|Saudi Ambassador to the United States|
|In office||October 2015 – 23 April 2017|
|Successor||Khalid bin Salman Al Saud|
|Born||1951 (age 67–68)|
Taif, Saudi Arabia
|House||House of Saud|
|Father||Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Saud Al Saud|
|Mother||Luluwah bint Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Religion||Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam|
Abdullah bin Faisal Al Saud (Arabic:عبد الله بن فيصل بن تركي بن عبد الله بن سعود آل سعود) (born 1951) is a member of House of Saud. Between October 2015 and April 2017 he was Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.
Early life and education
Abdullah bin Faisal was born in Taif in 1951. His mother, Luluwah bint Abdulaziz, was a full sister of the Sudairi Seven. He had six siblings and was the oldest of them. His brother, Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki, was killed in a car crash at age 41 on 23 July 2002 while coming from Jeddah to Riyadh to participate in funeral prayers for Prince Ahmed, son of Prince Salman, who has been the King of Saudi Arabia since 2015.
Prince Abdullah's family on the father's side is directly descended from Saud bin Faisal. Saud's rule as well as that of his brother Abdullah marked the end of the second Saudi state after an invasion of Ottomans early in the 19th century.
Career and activities
Prince Abdullah's early career as an engineer involved both technical and management positions. He assumed the responsibility of the coordination of various studies for the two industrial cities, and later for the industrial security and safety sector.
Abdullah bin Faisal began his career at the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu immediately after its establishment in 1975. He served as the acting secretary general of the Royal Commission from 1985 to 1987. Then, he was appointed secretary general of the royal commission in 1987. Next, he was appointed chairman of the body in 1991 and he served as chief executive officer of the commission and chairman of its board of directors.
In April 2000 the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) was created, responsible for promotions of the foreign and domestic investments in Saudi Arabia. Prince Abdullah was appointed governor of SAGIA with the rank of minister in 2000. His tenure lasted until 2004 when he resigned from this post. It was speculated that since he was frustrated with the government’s bureaucratic approach and the slow pace of the reforms in the country, he left SAGIA.
Prince Abdullah was the chairman of Saudi Italian Development Company (SIDCO), charged with the task of revitalizing Saudi Arabia's economy. Since he had knowledge of the Italian economy, he was regarded as the most appropriate figure to support the commercial relations between Saudi Arabia and Italy.
In October 2015 Prince Abdullah became the Saudi ambassador to the USA. He succeeded Adel al-Jubeir in the post. On 23 April 2017 Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud replaced Prince Abdullah as ambassador to the USA.
When Prince Abdullah was the governor of SAGIA, he strongly supported both liberal policies and privatization in the Saudi Arabia’s economy. Nearly 2,000 foreign business licenses were issued during his tenure. The worth of these licenses were estimated to be 15 billion U.S. dollars. Prince Abdullah further encouraged the membership of Saudi Arabia to the World Trade Organization. However, this goal was not achieved at that time because of Saudi Arabia’s protectionist policies towards the industries of oil production and telecommunications, and its inability to produce a formal trade agreement with the United States.
Abdullah bin Faisal is married and had four children: Turki, Salman, Elanoude and Sarah. He is keenly interested in environmental issues and in international relations as well as in the arts.
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