Order of King Abdulaziz

The Order of King Abdulaziz is a Saudi Arabian order of merit. The order was named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, founder of the modern Saudi state.[1]

Order of King Abdulaziz
Insignia of the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud
(5th grade)

Star of the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud
Awarded by The King of Saudi Arabia
TypeOrder of merit with 5 degrees
Established20 March 1971
Statuscurrently constituted
Next (higher)Great Chain of Badr
Next (lower)Order of King Faisal

  • Order of King Abdulaziz (Class I)

  • Order of King Abdulaziz (Class II)

  • Order of King Abdulaziz (Class III)

  • Order of King Abdulaziz (Class IV)
    Service Ribbons of the Order of King Abdulaziz

History Edit

In 1971, the introduction of orders was announced in a decree.[2][3] It was instituted by King Faisal on 20 March 1971.[4] However, the order had been awarded before that date unsystematically.[5] These earliest versions were produced by Bichay in Cairo, Egypt.[5] The early version of the order was called Great Chain of Badr. The Saudi king, Fons honorum of the orders, confirmed the decree in his Royal decree.[6]

Collar of the Order of Abdul Aziz Al Saud Edit

The collar is regarded as a separate order.[1] It also confers the highest rank in the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud, and, unlike the Great Chain of Badr, is awarded to non-Muslim heads of state.

The Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud Edit

The order is awarded to citizens of Saudi Arabia and foreigners for meritorious service to the Kingdom. The Council of Ministers makes the nominations but the King confers awards to foreigners himself when he determines it to be appropriate. Awardees enter in the 4th class of the order, with the exception of ministers and appointees for bravery, who can enter the order in a higher class. Members of the order can advance to the next higher class every five years.

The number of Saudi conferments is limited annually. The statutes of the order stipulate no more than 20 grand sashes of the distinguished class. Up to 40, 60, 80 and 100 awards can be granted to members of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes, respectively.

Classes Edit

The Classes include:

  • Special Class (comparable with "Grand Cordon"). A sash with pendant is worn on the right shoulder, plus a star on the left chest;
  • Distinguished First Class (comparable with "Grand Officer"). The insignia is worn on a necklet, plus a golden star on the left chest;
  • First Class (comparable with "Commander 1st Class"). The insignia is worn on a necklet, plus a silver star on the left chest;
  • Second Class (comparable with "Commander"). The insignia is worn on a necklet;
  • Third Class (comparable with "Officer"). A badge is worn on a ribbon with a rosette on the left chest;
  • Fourth Class (comparable with "Knight"). A badge is worn on a ribbon on the left chest.
Order of King Abdulaziz Service Ribbons
1st Class
2nd Class
3rd Class
4th Class

The Saudis avoid words like "cross" (as in "Grand-Cross") and "knight".[citation needed]

The order is sometimes referred to as the:

  • King Abdulaziz Order of Merit
  • King Abdulaziz Al Saud Excellence Medal
  • King Abdulaziz Medal

Notable recipients Edit

Saudi royalty Edit

Politicians and officials Edit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi being conferred the award by King Salman

Military Edit

Others Edit

  • Krzysztof Płomiński – Polish diplomat
  • Samar Al Homoud (King Abdulaziz Medal of First Class)[52]
  • Sultan Alromayan (King Abdulaziz Medal of Fourth Class)

See also Edit

References Edit

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