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Prince Faisal bin Hussein

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Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein
Prince Faisal in 2014
Born (1963-10-11) 11 October 1963 (age 60)
Amman, Jordan
(m. 1987; div. 2008)
Sarah Kabbani
(m. 2010; div. 2013)
Zeina Lubbadeh
(m. 2014)
Faisal bin Hussein bin Talal bin Abdullah
FatherHussein of Jordan
MotherAntoinette Gardiner

Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein[1] (Arabic: فيصل بن الحسين; born 11 October 1963) is a son of King Hussein and Princess Muna, and the younger brother of King Abdullah II. Periodically he has served as regent during his brother's absences abroad.[2][3][4]


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, Faisal commenced his high school education at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., from which he graduated in 1981. His initial university education was at Brown University from which he graduated in 1985 with a ScB degree in electrical engineering. The prince also earned a master's degree in management from the London Business School in 1988.[5] During his university years, Faisal took flying lessons and obtained a private pilot's license.[6]

Military service[edit]

Prior to graduating from Brown University, Faisal served in the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), where 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.[6]

In September 2004, Faisal was appointed an assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the rank of Lieutenant General. He retired from the Royal Jordanian Army in December 2017.


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.[7]

In 2019, he was elected on to the IOC’s Executive Board and is, as of 2023, Chair of the IOC’s Safeguarding Working Group,[8] Chair of the Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport Working Group[9] and Vice Chair of the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission.[10] Faisal has also been a member of the Olympic Council of Asia’s Executive Board since 2007, through his role as their Peace Through Sport Committee chair,[11] while he is an Ex Officio Member of the Association of National Olympic Committees’ Executive Council due to his position as Chair of the Gender Equity Commission.[12]

From time to time, he has served as regent while his brother the king was out of the country.[4][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

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. They have four children together:

Faisal and Alia divorced in April 2008.[13] Faisal was then married to 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. The couple had no children together.[14]

On 4 January 2014, Faisal married Jordanian radio presenter Zeina Lubbadeh, daughter of businessman Fares Lubbadeh. The wedding ceremony was held at her parents' home in Amman, Jordan.[14] The couple have two sons:

  • Prince Abdullah bin Faisal (born 17 February 2016)[citation needed]
  • Prince Muhammad bin Faisal (born 8 April 2017)[15]


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Statement from the Royal Hashemite Court". The Royal Hashemite Court. 1 June 2023. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Jordan News Agency (Petra) -Prince Faisal sworn in as Regent". petra.gov.jo.
  3. ^ a b "Jordan News Agency (Petra) -Prince Faisal sworn in as Regent". petra.gov.jo.
  4. ^ a b "Regent visits army, air force units". The Jordan Times. 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Prince Feisal marks birthday on Wednesday". Petra news agency, 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Princess Haya". Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Our President". Jordan Olympic Committee.
  8. ^ "IOC announces USD 10 million fund to strengthen safe sport and creates working group to coordinate Olympic Movement safeguarding efforts". International Olympic Committee. 31 March 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Safe Sport". International Olympic Committee. 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion Commission". International Olympic Committee. 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  11. ^ "Who We Are". Olympic Council of Asia. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Executive Council". Association of National Olympic Committees. 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  13. ^ His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan to deliver opening session keynote address at WaterSmart Innovations Archived 21 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ a b J., Guillaume (6 January 2014). "Prince Faisal de Jordanie : Fraîchement divorcé et déjà remarié !". Purepeople. Webedia. Retrieved 28 September 2023. (in French)
  15. ^ "الأمير فيصل والأميرة زينة يرزقان بـ "محمد"" (in Arabic). Hala. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Olympic.org, list of Honours of Prince Faisal
  17. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (PDF). boe.es (in Spanish).

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Military offices
Preceded by
So'oud Nuseirat
Commander, RJAF
Succeeded by
Hussein Al Biss
Royal titles
Preceded by Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
3rd position
Succeeded by