Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation
in office 1978 – 5 November 2011
Predecessor Turki II bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Successor Khalid bin Sultan
Monarch Khalid
Full name
Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father ibn Saud
Mother Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi
Born 1931 (age 82–83)
Religion Islam

Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz (عبد الرحمن بن عبد العزيز آل سعود, ʿAbd ar-Raḥman ibn ʿAbd l-ʿAzīz Āl Saʿūd) (born 1931) is a senior member of the House of Saud and former deputy minister of defense and aviation.

Early life and education

Prince Abdul Rahman was born in 1931. He is the eldest surviving member of the Sudairi Seven.[1][2] His mother is Hassa Al Sudairi.[3]

Prince Abdul Rahman is the first of King Abdulaziz's sons to study in the West. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the California Military Academy.[4]


Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz replaced his full brother, Prince Turki (II), as the Kingdom's deputy minister of defense and aviation in 1978, when the latter resigned.[5] Before his appointment, Prince Abdul Rahman was a businessman.[6] He served in this post from 1978 to 5 November 2011.[5] During the 1980s, when he was deputy minister, he is reported to have provided the food service to the ministry through his own large food service company.[7]

During the late Prince Sultan’s absence from the Kingdom due to his treatment abroad, he stepped up his activity at the ministry. He was often described as having grown more ornery with age.[1]

Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz was relieved from his post as deputy minister on 5 November 2011. Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that he was dismissed by King Abdullah after being unhappy at being bypassed for selection as Crown Prince in favor of late Prince Nayef and subsequently refusing to declare allegiance for the latter.[8] It is further reported that he argued he should have been promoted.[9]


Prince Abdul Rahman is considered to have been unhappy with the succession arrangement and Prince Nayef's appointment as Crown Prince. He was reported to have expressed his concerns about the formation of the Allegiance Council in 2007. Although nearly all surviving sons of King Abdulaziz supported the new arrangement, only he expressed his protests about it. The reason for his protests was seen as the fact that he was next in age after then-Crown Prince Sultan. Because the new arrangement regarding succession is not based on seniority but on merits. Prince Salman, who is his younger full brother and the referee in family disputes, is reported to have met with Prince Abdul Rahman and told him to "shut up and get back to work".[10]

Personal life

Prince Abdul Rahman is married to Maha Al Ibrahim, who is the sister of late King Fahd's spouse Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim and Al Ibrahim brothers, including Waleed Al Ibrahim.[11] His son-in-law is Nayef bin Sultan bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan.


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