Faisal bin Fahd

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Faisal bin Fahd
Faisal bin Fahd in 1978.jpg
Faisal bin Fahd in 1978
President of Youth Welfare
In officeJuly 1975 – 21 August 1999
SuccessorSultan bin Fahd
MonarchKing Fahd
Died21 August 1999(1999-08-21) (aged 53–54)
Burial22 August 1999
SpouseMunira bint Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Full name
Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HouseHouse of Saud
FatherKing Fahd
MotherAl Anoud bint Abdulaziz bin Musaid
ReligionSunni Islam

Faisal bin Fahd (1945 – 21 August 1999) was the president of Youth Welfare in Saudi Arabia from 1975 to 1999 and a member of House of Saud.

Early life and education[edit]

Faisal bin Fahd was born in 1945. He was the eldest son of King Fahd.[1] His mother, Al Anoud bint Abdulaziz bin Musaid, is from the bin Jiluwi branch of the Al Saud whose members intermarried with the members of the House of Saud.[2] She was younger sister of one of Prince Sultan's spouses. She died of kidney failure in Santa Barbara on March 1999 after a long period of treatment in Los Angeles at the age of 76.[3] His full brothers are Saud bin Fahd, Khaled bin Fahd and Sultan bin Fahd.[4]

Faisal bin Fahd studied political science and economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating in 1971.[5]


Prince Faisal's first post was the president of Saudi fencing federation.[5] In 1971, he was appointed as the chairman of the Saudi football federation. In July 1975, he became the president of Youth Welfare and promoted to the ministerial rank in 1977.[5] He was also appointed the chairman of the Saudi Arabian olympic committee in 1975, and chairman of the Arab games federation in 1976.[6][7] He was also director-general at the ministry of planning starting in 1977. After 1977, he held the rank of minister of state and was a private "emissary to Iraq."[8] Unlike his brothers, his business activities were not intensive.[5]

In 1981, he chaired the sports federation for Islamic solidarity, and in 1982, the international committee for the preservation of the legacy of Islamic civilization. From 1979 to his death he chaired the Kingdom's supreme committee for the merit in literature prize. He had been the chairman of the Saudi Arabian society for youth hostels since 1973. Later, he became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1984.[9] He was also the president of the Arabian football union, and head of the national committee on drugs control, to which he had been appointed in 1984. He served internationally as the president of the international swimming association.[5] In 1992, he became the chairman of the Saudi federation of sports for the disabled.

Personal life[edit]

Prince Faisal has two sons, Prince Nawaf and Prince Khalid, and three daughters.[10][11] His wife was Munira bint Sultan, a daughter of Sultan bin Abdulaziz[12] who died in June 2011 at age 59.[13] The theft of some US$20 million of jewels from one of his palaces by a Thai cleaner in 1989 set off the Blue Diamond Affair, which has soured Thailand-Saudi Arabia relations for the three decades since.

Death and funeral[edit]

Faisal bin Fahd died of a heart attack in King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh on 21 August 1999, shortly after returning from the Pan Arab Games held in Jordan.[14][15] He was admitted to the hospital due to his heart problems a day before the death.[16] His father, King Fahd, could not return Saudi Arabia from Marbella to attend Faisal's funeral due to his medical condition that did not allow him to make a journey.[17][18] On 21 August 1999, funeral prayers were held for him in Riyadh with the participation of then Crown Prince Abdullah, late Prince Sultan, late Prince Nayef and hundreds of Saudis.[15] Mourners also included then Crown Prince Hamza of Jordan, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Bahrain's Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman, and Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Funeral prayers for Prince Faisal". BBC. 21 August 1999. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ Teitelbaum, Joshua (1 November 2011). "Saudi Succession and Stability" (PDF). BESA Center Perspectives. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Obituaries. Al Anoud bint Abdel Aziz; King Fahd's Wife". Los Angeles Times. 16 March 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  4. ^ "First wife of King Fahd dies". Associated Press. 9 May 1999. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Sharif, Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia,. New Delhi: I. S. Publication. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  6. ^ Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  7. ^ Salameh, Ghassane; Vivian Steir (October 1980). "Political Power and the Saudi State". MERIP (91): 5–22. JSTOR 3010946.
  8. ^ Kechichian, Joseph A. (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. New York: Palgrave. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  9. ^ Lebreton, Gil (17 December 1998). "Bearing gifts for Olympics shames all". The Telegraph Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Family Tree of Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Saudi King Fahd's eldest son dies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Riyadh. 22 August 1999. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Funeral Prayers for Princess Munira bint Sultan". Saudi Press Agency. Retrieved 6 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Prince Sattam performs funerary prayers over the deceased". Ain Alyaqeen. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Facts on the late King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". SMH. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Royal Family Mourns Prince Faisal". Chicago Tribune. 23 August 1999. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Saudi King Fahd's Eldest Son, Prince Faisal, Dies". The Seattle Times. AP. 22 August 1999. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  17. ^ "The Coming Succession in the House of Saud". Middle East Intelligence Bulletin. 1 (10). October 1999.
  18. ^ "Biography of King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Babnet. 1 August 2005. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
Preceded by
Post Created
President of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation
8 May 1985 – 7 February 2000
Succeeded by
Sultan bin Fahd Al Saud