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Khalid bin Abdullah
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 71–72)
Spouse(s) Noura bint Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Abdullah
Religion Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

Khalid bin Abdullah (Arabic language: خالد بن عبدالله‎) (born 1950, Riyadh) is the eldest child of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the Allegiance Council.

Early life

Khaled bin Abdullah was born in Riyadh in 1950.[1] His mother is Munira bint Abdullah Al Shaykh,[2] who died on 17 September 2012.[3][4]


Prince Khalid was schooled with his younger brother Prince Mutaib at Taif-Barmana School in Lebanon and secondary school in Jeddah. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from College of Commerce and Economics at King Abdul-Aziz University.[1] He later graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.[citation needed]

Military career

After completing his education at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Prince Khaled first served as Director of Administration and Planning at the National Guard from 1974 to 1976.[5] Following the Grand Mosque Seizure in 1979, he was appointed deputy commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard West.[6] Later he commanded the National Guard in the Eastern Province.[7] He remained in this post until 1992.[8] In fact, he was dismissed from the National Guard in 1992 following policy disagreements with his father's advisors.[9]

Other positions

Khaled bin Abdullah is the honorary President of the Jeddah football club Al-Ahli.[10] He is a member of Saudi Arabia Football Federation.[1] He is one of the members of the KAUST Board of Trustees.[11]

In 2010, Khaled bin Abdullah announced the establishment of the King Abdullah International Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Deeds. He, the new deputy president of the Foundation, said its goals include the provision of relief services and aid.[12]

Prince Khalid is also a member of the board of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity of which chairman is King Abdullah.[13]

Business activities

Khalid bin Abdullah owns Saudi Arabian Insurance Company with his sons.[14] He and his family also own Technical Support and Operational Services, a limited liability company, founded in 1998.[15]

Personal life

Khalid bin Abdullah is married to Noura bint Abdallah bin Muhammad Al Saud Al Kabir (born 1958).[1][16] She is the daughter of his aunt, Seeta bint Abdulaziz. They have five children; Duna (born 1981), Faisal (born 1983), Abdulaziz (born 1986), Latifa (born 1992) and Abeer (born 1997).[1]


Khalid bin Abdullah is considered to be one of the most respected royals. He is not as visible as his brothers.[2]

False report of death

On 11 June 2011, the Associated Press (AP) erroneously reported Prince Khalid as having died, confusing him with King Abdullah's grand-nephew Khalid bin Abdullah bin Saud bin Abdulaziz. On 12 June 2011, AP sent a retraction correcting the earlier false report of Khalid's demise.[17]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Kapoor (13 February 2010). "A princely rivalry: Clash of the titans?". Datarabia. Retrieved 11 May 2012. (subscription required)
  3. "Funeral Prayer for Mother of Prince Khalid bin Abdallah" (in Arabic). 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. "Official". 19 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  6. "The role of Saudi princes in uniform". WikiLeaks. 27 May 1985. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  7. "Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". 24 October 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  8. Kechichian, Joseph A (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. Palgrave. 
  9. "Crown Prince's family allies". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  10. Ahli to lay artificial turf at Prince Muhammed Al-Abdullah ground Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Saudi Gazette, Retrieved 3 April 2011
  11. "About Us". King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  12. Khalid Al-Yahya; Nathalie Fustier (March 2011). "Saudi Arabia as a humaniatarian donor: High potential, little institutionalization". Global Public Policy Institute. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  13. "King to chair Mawhibah ‘gifted’ board of trustees". 27 February 2012. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  14. "Takaful Around the Globe". MIR Global Takaful. Archived from the original on 21 December 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  15. "About us". Technical support and operational services company. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  16. "Family Tree of Nura bint Abdallah bin Muhammad Al Saud al Kabir". Datarabia. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  17. Correction: Saudi Prince Khalid story AP/Winnipeg Free Press, Retrieved 13 June 2011

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