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Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz (Arabic: عبد الإله بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎), also spelled Abdulillah, born 1939) is a member of the House of Saud and was an adviser to the late King Abdullah.

Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz
Born1939 (age 79–80)
TitleSaudi Prince
Spouse(s)Salwa Al Ahmed
  • Ibn Saud (father)
  • Haya bint Sa'ad Al Sudairi (mother)
Full name
Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HouseHouse of Saud
Governor of Al Jawf Province
In office
Appointed byKing Fahd
Preceded bySultan bin Abdurrahman Al Sudairi[1]
Succeeded byFahd bin Badr bin Abdulaziz
Governor of al-Qassim Province
In office
March 1982 – March 1992
Appointed byKing Khalid
Succeeded byFaisal bin Bandar

Early lifeEdit

Prince Abdul Elah was born in 1939.[2][3] He is the son of Ibn Saud and Haya bint Sa'ad al Sudairi, a member of the powerful Sudairi family who died in Riyadh on 18 April 2003 at the age of 90.[4] He is a full brother of the late Prince Badr, and the late Prince Abdul Majeed.[5][6]


Prince Abdul Elah served as the governor of Al-Qassim Province from March 1980 to March 1992. Then, he was appointed governor of Al Jawf Province in 1998 and served in this post until 2001.[2][7] He accompanied King Abdullah on diplomatic trips abroad, when Abdullah was Crown Prince.[8][9]

He is a member of the Allegiance Council.[10] On 8 October 2008, he was appointed as adviser to King Abdullah with the rank of minister.[10][11] He is an entrepreneur and chairman of the Arabian Jewelry Company, National Investment Company, and the National Automobile Company.[2]

Prince Abdul Elah became an advisor to King Salman in January 2015.[12]


Although Prince Abdul Elah bin Abdulaziz was considered a candidate for the throne by virtue of seniority, he had some drawbacks such as his ill-starred government career. Since he was twice removed from governorships, there were doubts about his competency.[13] He was passed over in favor of Prince Muqrin for the post of Deputy Crown Prince and is thought to be out of the running for the Kingship.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Prince Abdul Elah is married to Princess Salwa Al Ahmed, a medical doctor. His children, two sons and three daughters, are Abdul Aziz (born 1965), a stakeholder in Al-Rajhi Bank, Abdul Majid and Fahda (Twins, born 1993), Noura (born 2002) and Mashael (born 1967).[14]



  1. ^ "Emirs of al Jouf". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Sharaf Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. I.S. Publications. pp. 148–149. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  3. ^ Henderson, Simon (August 2008). "After King Abdullah: Succession in Saudi Arabia" (PDF). Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Policy Focus #96. Retrieved 12 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Princess Haya Bint Saad Al Sudairi, 90, Wife of Modern Saudi Arabia Founder". Sun Sentinel. 7 May 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Princess Haya, 90; Wife of a Founder of Modern Saudi Arabia". Los Angeles Times. 5 May 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  6. ^ "One of the wives of King Abdul Aziz dies". Albawaba. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  7. ^ "King Fahd holds talks with the Jordanian King". King Fahd bin Abdulaziz. 14 May 2000. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Crown Prince Abdullah leaves for United States of America". SAMIRAD. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Crown Prince receives Palestinian Premier". SAMIRAD. 30 December 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Prince Abdul-Ilah bin Abdulaziz appointed royal adviser". Saudi Embassy, Washington D.C. 10 October 2008. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ Simon Henderson (21 January 2009). "Saudi Leadership Crisis Looms: Health of Crown Prince Falters". The Washington Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Saudi Leaders Pledge Oath to New King". Riyadh. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Cable reference id: #09RIYADH1434 (28 October 2009)". Wikileaks. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  14. ^ "Family Tree of Abd IIlah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 30 March 2012.