Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud
|Khalid Al Faisal|
|Governor of Makkah Province|
|In office||29 January 2015 – Present|
|Predecessor||Mishaal bin Abdullah Al Saud|
|Minister of Education|
|In office||22 December 2013 – 29 January 2015|
|Predecessor||Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud|
|Successor||Azzam bin Mohammad Al Dakheel|
|Governor of Makkah Province|
|In office||16 May 2007 – 22 December 2013|
|Predecessor||Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz|
|Successor||Mishaal bin Abdullah Al Saud|
|Governor of Asir Province|
|Successor||Faisal bin Khalid|
|Born||20 February 1940|
|Spouse||Al Anoud bint Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud|
|House||House of Saud|
|Mother||Haya bint Turki bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Turki Al Saud|
Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud (Arabic: خالد الفيصل بن عبد العزيز آل سعود) (born 20 February 1940) is the current Governor of Makkah Province in Saudi Arabia. He has governed the Makkah region twice, from 2007 to 2013 and again since 2015. He was Minister of Education from 2013 to 2015. He was also the Governor of Asir Province from 1971 to 2007. He is a member of the House of Saud.
Early life and education
In 1948, Prince Khalid attended Model School in Taif to receive secondary education. Like King Faisal's other children, Prince Khalid was educated abroad after completing secondary education in Saudi Arabia. He attended the Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political economy from the University of Oxford in 1966.
After returning to Saudi Arabia, Prince Khalid served as director general of the Presidency of Youth Welfare in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in 1967. His term lasted until April 1971 when he was appointed as Governor of Asir Province. Khalid al Faisal was Governor of Asir Province in southwestern Saudi Arabia from 1971 to 2007. He was credited with bringing the province a measure of modernity and prosperity. At the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, he sought to use its natural beauty and cool climate to attract Arab tourists. But many inhabitants were resentful that the oil-based welfare state has not provided for them.
According to a leaked WikiLeaks cable, Prince Khalid went to extraordinary lengths to renovate his late father's palace to host a party for Prince Charles, during his 2006 visit. The cable revealed that at the time, Khalid had been living in the Old Palace which was in dire need of renovation. He directed a Western business associate to renovate the palace in three weeks and rewarded the businessman with $13,000 when Prince Charles was impressed. Khalid has since built a new palace while the Old Palace has been converted into a university.
On 16 May 2007, Khalid was appointed Governor of Makkah Province by King Abdullah, replacing Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz, who died in office. The province includes the Muslim holy city of Makkah and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah. In 2010, he ordered hotels, restaurants, shops and wedding halls in the province to drop all their non-Arabic names and use Arabic only for signboards.
As governor, he played a major role in managing the annual Hajj in Makkah. According to leaked diplomatic cables, he traveled to Beirut in 2009 to meet with Lebanese parliamentarians. In June 2011, Prince Khalid presided at the opening of the Rabigh's expansion of its desalination plant.
On 22 December 2013, he was appointed as Minister of Education, replacing Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud in the post. On 29 January 2015, Prince Khalid was appointed once again the Governor of Makkah Province by King Salman.
Prince Khalid is managing director of the King Faisal Foundation a large philanthropic and charitable organisation. The Foundation runs Alfaisal University in Riyadh, where Prince Khalid is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees., and also runs Effat University in Jeddah where Prince Khalid is a member of the Board of Trustees. He is the founder and current president of the organisation Painting and Patronage. He is a member of Allegiance Council. Prince Khalid is also the president of the Arab Thought Foundation.
He has been mentioned as a future king when succession in the Al Saud passes on to the grandsons of King Abdulaziz. He was also considered to be among the possible contenders after Prince Nayef's death in June 2012. However, the sons of King Faisal, Turki bin Faisal and Saud bin Faisal, are said to be regarded unfavorably within the royal family due to their perceived air of intellectual superiority. On the other hand, Prince Khalid may have advantages over brothers as a result of his long-term tenure as governor in that he is much known to the people on a personal level.
Views and alliances
Khalid Al Faisal criticized negative coverage of Saudi Arabia by the Western media. He spoke out against misconceptions that characterize Saudi society as backwards and uneducated. During his tenure in Asir province, he was close to then Crown Prince Abdullah.
Prince Khalid is an avid painter, poet, and patron of the arts. In 1999, he founded Painting and Patronage to "build and foster valuable bridges of cultural, artistic and educational understanding between the Arab world and the international community". While he was Governor of Asir, Khalid founded the Literary Club of Abha, the Abha Singing Festival, the Abha Prize for cultural excellence, and the Al-Miftaha Visual Arts Village in the capital city Abha. As Governor of Makkah, he established the Cultural Council of Makkah.
Prince Khalid is married to Al Anoud bint Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud.  Her mother is Nura bint Saud bin Abdulaziz, a daughter of King Saud. Her father, Abdullah, is a son of Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman who is King Abdulaziz's step brother.
Prince Khalid's eldest son, Prince Bandar, is the chairman of the board of directors of Al Watan, a reformist newspaper. His second son, Prince Sultan is a naval officer in Saudi army. His third and youngest son Prince Saud is the deputy governor for investment affairs at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).
Honours and awards
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator
Khalid al Faisal was celebrated by the World Travel Awards as the World Travel Personality of the Year in 2010. This award is given to a personality whose achievements support the industry.
He was named the best Arab personality in the field of solving issues related to Arab youth in 2012. The award was given by the Arab Youth Media Forum, which is currently being held in Manama under the sponsorship of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
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