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Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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In office  1978 – 5 November 2011
House  House of Saud
Successor  Khalid bin Sultan
Name  Abdul-Rahman Abdulaziz
Monarch  KhalidFahdAbdullah
Cousins  Al Jawhara
Spouse  Maha Al Ibrahim

Predecessor  Turki II bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Siblings  Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Salman of Saudi Arabia
Children  Sarah bint Abdulrahman Al Saud
Parents  Hussa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi, Ibn Saud
Grandparents  Abdul Rahman bin Faisal
Similar People  Ibn Saud, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Salman of Saudi Arabia, Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Fahd of Saudi Arabia

Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz (عبد الرحمن بن عبد العزيز آل سعود, ʿAbd ar-Raḥman ibn ʿAbd l-ʿAzīz Āl Saʿūd; 1931 – 13 July 2017) was a senior member of the House of Saud and Saudi Arabian deputy minister of defense and aviation.


Early life and education

Abdul-Rahman was born in 1931 to Ibn Saud and Hassa Al Sudairi. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living member of the Sudairi Seven. Abdul-Rahman, the first of King Abdulaziz's sons to study in the West, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from the California Military Academy.


He was the counsellor for royal family affairs during the mid-1970s. Abdul-Rahman replaced his brother, Prince Turki II, as the kingdom's deputy minister of defense and aviation in 1978 when Turki resigned; before that, he was a businessman. He held the post until 5 November 2011. During the 1980s, when he was deputy minister, Abdul-Rahman reportedly provided food service to the ministry with his own company.

During Prince Sultan’s absence from the Kingdom for medical treatment, he increased his activity at the ministry. Abdul-Rahman was often described as becoming more irritable with age.

He was relieved from his post as deputy minister on 5 November 2011. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Abdul-Rahman was dismissed by King Abdullah when, unhappy at being bypassed as crown prince in favor of Prince Nayef, he refused to declare allegiance to Nayef.


The prince was reportedly the only son of King Abdulaziz to oppose the 2007 formation of the Allegiance Council, despite support from nearly all sons of the king. The apparent reason for his protests was the fact that he was next in age, after Crown Prince Sultan; the new succession arrangement is based on merit, rather than age. Prince Salman, his younger brother and the referee in family disputes, reportedly met with Abdul-Rahman and told him to "shut up and get back to work".

Personal life

He was married to Maha Al Ibrahim, sister of King Fahd's wife Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim and Al Ibrahim's brothers (including Waleed Al Ibrahim). Abdul-Rahman's son-in-law is Nayef bin Sultan bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan.

Abdul-Rahman died on 13 July 2017 at the age of 86.


Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Wikipedia

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