Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud

Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: فيصل بن بندر بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) (born 1945) is a Saudi royal who has served as the governor of Riyadh since 2015.


Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud
A photo of Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud aged 72
Prince Faisal bin Bandar in April 2017
Governor of Riyadh
Assumed office
29 January 2015
Appointed byKing Salman
Preceded byTurki bin Abdullah
Governor of Al Qassim
In office
May 1992 – 29 January 2015
Appointed byKing Fahd
Succeeded byFaisal bin Mishaal
Personal details
Born1945 (age 75–76)
Spouse(s)Princess Noura bint Muhammad bin Saud bin Abdul Rahman
ChildrenPrince Muhammed
Prince Bandar
Princess Sara
Prince Mishail
House
MotherWasmiyah bint Abdul Rahman Al Mu'ammar
FatherPrince Bandar bin Abdulaziz

Early life and educationEdit

Prince Faisal was born in 1945.[1] He is the eldest son of Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz. His mother is Wasmiyah bint Abdul Rahman Al Mu'ammar.[2] His brother Mansour is a former air force officer.[3] Prince Faisal obtained a bachelor of arts degree in history at King Saud University in 1969.[1][4]

CareerEdit

Faisal bin Bandar is a former military officer.[5] In 1970, he served as the director of the organization and administration department of the Defense and Aviation Ministry.[4] He began to serve as the director of the training department of the Communication Ministry in 1974.[4] Then he appointed assistant deputy governor of Asir Province in 1978 and his term lasted until 1981.[4] He was named as deputy governor of the same province in May 1981.[4][5] He was the governor of Al-Qassim Province from May 1992[4][6] to 29 January 2015 when he was named as the governor of Riyadh Province.[7] He replaced Turki bin Abdullah as governor of Riyadh Province.[7] Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud Al Saud became the governor of Al-Qassim Province on the same date.[7]

On 20 April 2016 he was heading the delegation welcoming USA president Barack Obama to Riyadh.[citation needed]

AlliancesEdit

Prince Faisal was considered close to his uncle, the late King Abdullah.[8]

Other positionsEdit

Faisal bin Bandar is also member of the Allegiance Council since its formation in 2007.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Faisal bin Bandar is married to Noura bint Muhammad bin Saud[10] bin Abdul Rahman and has four children: Mohammad, Bandar, Sara and Mishail.[2] His son Mohammad is a military officer and a jet pilot at the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).[11] Another son, Bandar, was appointed assistant chief of General Intelligence in June 2017.[12]

On 8 April 2020 The New York Times reported that Faisal bin Bandar was in intensive care with COVID-19 complications.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Faisal Bandar Abdulaziz". Dhownet. Retrieved 11 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Royal Family Directory". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Joseph A Kechichian (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. Palgrave. ISBN 9780312238803.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sharaf Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. Sharaf Sabri. p. 105. ISBN 978-81-901254-0-6.
  5. ^ a b "The role of Saudi Princes in uniform". Wikileaks. 27 May 1985. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Royal Decrees on senior governmental appointments issued". Saudia Online. 24 May 2001. Retrieved 20 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b c "King Salman makes appointments". Royal Embassy, Washington DC. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Cable reference id: #09RIYADH393". Wikileaks. 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "King Abdullah names members of the Allegiance Commission". 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Wife of Riyadh Amir Patronises Educational Meeting". Imam Mohammed ibn Saud Islamic University. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Abdulateef Al Mulhim (29 June 2012). "Fighter Jets and Sword Dances". Arab News. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Omair Anas (23 June 2017). "Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's new crown prince, has few choices but lots to do to solve Gulf crisis". Firstpost. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Elite Saudi Hospital Braces for a Wave of Royal Patients". The New York Times. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)