Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Governor of Riyadh Province
Tenure5 November 2011 – 12 February 2013
Appointed by
PredecessorSalman bin Abdulaziz
SuccessorKhalid bin Bandar
Deputy Governor of Riyadh Province
Tenure1979 – 5 November 2011
Appointed by
SuccessorMuhammad bin Saad
Born21 January 1941
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died12 February 2013(2013-02-12) (aged 72)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Burial13 February 2013
Al Adl cemetery, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
SpouseSheikha bint Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman
HouseAl Saud
FatherKing Abdulaziz
Alma materUniversity of San Diego

Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: سطام بن عبد العزيز آل سعود; 21 January 1941 – 12 February 2013) was a Saudi royal and politician who served as the governor of Riyadh Province from November 2011 until his death in February 2013.[1] Before that he was the deputy governor of the province.

Early life and education[edit]

King Abdulaziz, Prince Sattam's father

Prince Sattam was born in Riyadh on 21 January 1941.[2][3] He was the 30th son of King Abdulaziz.[4] His mother was Mudhi who was an Armenian woman.[5] He was the youngest of his full siblings, Prince Majid, Princess Sultana, and Princess Haya.[6]

Sattam bin Abdulaziz began his early study in the Princes' School in Riyadh and later joined Al Anjaal institute.[7] He attended Menlo College in 1962, but he did not completed his education there.[8] Instead, he received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of San Diego, graduating in 1965.[2][9] He received an honorary doctorate from the same university on 25 May 1975.[7]


Sattam bin Abdulaziz was the former deputy governor of Riyadh from 1979[2] to 2011.[10] Prince Mohammad bin Saad succeeded him in the post.[11] On 5 November 2011, Prince Sattam was appointed governor of Riyadh Province.[12] He was the 12th governor of Riyadh replacing Prince Salman in the post who was appointed defense minister.[1]


In March 2012, Sattam bin Abdulaziz stated that single men would not be prevented from visiting malls in Riyadh on evenings and weekends. Previously, they were only allowed into malls at lunch time on weekdays.[13]

Succession and other positions[edit]

In 2009 the leaked US cables argued that Prince Sattam was a dark-horse candidate to the throne following King Abdullah citing his success in governing Riyadh during the absence of Prince Salman, governor of Riyadh, in 2008.[14]

Prince Sattam was a member of the following committees: Chairman of insolvent prisoners release committee; Deputy chairman of the executive committee of Saudization; Deputy chairman of the executive association of developing Riyadh; deputy chairman of the board of directors of water and sanitation association at Riyadh Province; deputy chairman of the board of directors of Al Berr association at Riyadh; deputy chairman of the committee of prince Salman project for charity housing; deputy chairman of Ibn Baz charity for helping youth to marry; deputy chairman of the orphans care association board at Riyadh region; chairman of the local committee for gathering donations for Kosovo and Chechnya Muslims at Riyadh region; deputy chairman of the civil defense committee; honorary deputy chairman of the patients’ friends committee at Riyadh region; deputy chairman of the renal failure patients care association at Riyadh region."[2][7]


Prince Sattam was a recipient of the King Abdulaziz cordon from the first class which is considered the highest order in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Sattam bin Abdulaziz married Sheikha bint Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman,[16] a daughter of his uncle, Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman. They had four children: Hala, Abdulaziz, Najla and Faisal.[16][17] One of his daughters, Najla, is married to Abdulaziz bin Majid.[18]

Death and funeral[edit]

On 12 February 2013, Prince Sattam died at the age of 72 following a lengthy illness in Riyadh.[9] A funeral prayer was performed for him at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on 13 February 2013.[19] The prayer, led by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al al Shiekh, was also attended by King Abdullah and other senior princes and officials.[20][21] Then his body was taken to Jeddah and was buried at the Al Adl cemetery in Mecca as per his will.[21][22][23]


A university in Al Kharj was named after Prince Sattam, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University.[24]



  1. ^ a b "Riyadh Emir Prince Sattam dies". Saudi Gazette. 12 February 2013. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Profile of HRH Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz" (PDF). Business and Finance Club, Riyadh. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  3. ^ Who's Who in the Arab World 2007-2008. Walter de Gruyter. 2007. p. 1193. ISBN 978-3-11-093004-7.
  4. ^ "Saudi Press Agency says prince Sattam, half-brother of king Abdullah dies". Fox News. Riyadh. AP. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Appendix 6. The Sons of Abdulaziz" (PDF). Springer. p. 179. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Family Tree of Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faysal Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "HRH Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz". Ministry of Interior. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  8. ^ Nanette Asimov (12 May 2015). "Tiny Menlo College is like home for Saudi elite". SfGate. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Riyadh Governor Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz dies". Al Arabiya. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  10. ^ "The Allegiance Council". APS Diplomat News Service. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Crown Prince arrives in Riyadh". Ministry of Interior. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  12. ^ "About Saudi Arabia". Saudi Embassy, Washington D.C. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Riyadh eases ban on single men in shopping malls". Bridging the Gulf. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  14. ^ "28.10.2009: Saudi Succession: Can the Allegiance Commission Work?". Aftenposten. Wikileaks. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  15. ^ "His royal highness Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz". Riyadh Government. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  16. ^ a b "On the party line". Atchison Daily Globe. 8 June 1975. p. 15. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  17. ^ Elena Panarella; Rossella Fabiani (12 September 2018). "Il principe Faysal bin Sattam a Roma: è la nuova generazione della diplomazia di Riad". Il Messaggero (in Italian). Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Family Tree of Abdulaziz bin Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Prince Sattam Passes Away". Alsharq Alawsat. Riyadh. SPA. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Saudi king Abdullah performs funeral prayers on Prince Sattam". Al Arabiya. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  21. ^ a b "King receives condolences on Sattam's death". Saudi Gazette. 13 February 2013. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  22. ^ Abdurahman Al Shamrani; Khaled Al Faris (13 February 2013). "Sattam remembered for 45 years of service to nation". Saudi Gazette. Riyadh. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  23. ^ "Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz's Body will Be Buried in a Makkah Graveyard". Al Riyadh. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  24. ^ "Official website". Prince Sattam University. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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Preceded by Governor of Riyadh Province
Succeeded by