Prince Faisal bin Hussein

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Prince Faisal bin Hussein
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Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein in 2009
Born (1963-10-11) 11 October 1963 (age 54)
Amman, Jordan
Spouse Princess Alia Tabbaa
(m. 1987, div. 2008)
Princess Sara Qabbani
(m. 2010, div. 2013)
Princess Zeina al-Faisal
(m. 2014)
Issue Princess Ayah
Prince Omar
Princess Sara
Princess Aisha
Prince Abdullah
Prince Muhammad
House Hashemite
Father Hussein of Jordan
Mother Muna Al-Hussein

Prince Faisal bin Hussein (Arabic: فيصل بن حسين‎; born 11 October 1963) is a son of King Hussein and Princess Muna, and the younger brother of King Abdullah II. From time to time, he has served as Regent during his brother's absences abroad.[1][2][3]

Education[edit]

Faisal was born in Amman, Jordan. After early schooling in Amman, Faisal was sent in 1970 to his mother's native United Kingdom where he attended St. Edmund's School in Hindhead, England. The following year, he moved to the United States where he attended the Bement School in Deerfield, Massachusetts for the next two years. He then moved schools again, this time to Eaglebrook School, also in Deerfield. In 1978, Feisal commenced his high school education at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. which he graduated from in 1981. His university education was at Brown University from where he graduated in 1985 with a ScB degree in electrical engineering. The prince also graduated with a master's degree in management from the London Business School in 1988.[4] During his university years, Faisal took flying lessons and obtained a private pilot's license.[5]

Military service[edit]

Prior to graduating from Brown University, Faisal served in the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), from which he received helicopter training. In the summer of 1985, he gained his RJAF wings and then underwent officer training with the Royal Air Force at Cranwell. Remaining at Cranwell, he did his RAF Basic Flying Training in 1986 before moving to RAF Valley where he completed Advanced Flying Training on jets and received his RAF wings in 1987. Later that year, Feisal completed further flying training at the Tactical Weapons Unit, at Chivenor in Devon.[5]

Faisal then went on to serve in various positions in the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He was promoted to Major General in 2001, and assumed the senior Air Force post of Chief of Air Staff the following year. He reached the rank of Lieutenant General in 2004.[citation needed]

He is currently Deputy Supreme Commander of the Jordanian Armed Forces.[citation needed]

Other[edit]

Faisal has been President of the Jordan Olympic Committee since 2003 and Chairman and Founder of Generations For Peace since 2007, a non-profit peace building organization, the brain child of his ex-wife Sarah Kabbani who was also his advisor for many years before their marriage. Following a period of strategic development and implementation of unique peace through sport programs run jointly by Sarah and Faisal, he was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2010.[citation needed]

From time to time, he has served as Regent while his brother the king was out of the country.[3][1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Faisal has married three times. He married for the first time in August 1987. The bride, Alia Tabbaa is the daughter of Sayyid Tawfik al-Tabbah, founder and president of Royal Jordanian Airlines and his wife, Lamia Addem.[6] They have four children together:

Prince Faisal and Princess Alia divorced in April 2008.[7]

Prince Faisal's second wife was Sara Bassam Qabbani. They were engaged on 20 March 2010 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and were married on 24 May 2010. Faisal and Sara were divorced on 14 September 2013, after three years of marriage; the divorce was announced by Sara on her Facebook page. The couple had no children together.

Prince Faisal's third marriage took place less than four months later, on 4 January 2014. The bride was Jordanian radio presenter Zeina Lubbadeh, daughter of businessman Dr. Fares Lubbadeh. The wedding ceremony was held at her parents' home in Amman, Jordan. The couple have been blesses with two sons:

  • Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (born 17 February 2016)
  • Prince Muhammad bin Faisal (born 8 April 2017)

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

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Military offices
Preceded by
So'oud Nuseirat
Commander, RJAF
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Hussein Al Biss
Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah
Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
3rd position
Succeeded by
Prince Omar bin Al Faisal