Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Born 19 October 1938
Died 13 April 2003(2003-04-13) (aged 64)
Spouse(s) Nuf bint Abdallah Al Fahd Al Muhanna
Burial 13 April 2003
Al Adl cemetery, Mecca
Full name
Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Religion Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam
Governor of the Makkah Province
In office
3 March 1980 – 1999
Appointed by King Khalid
Preceded by Fawwaz bin Abdulaziz
Succeeded by Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs
In office
Appointed by King Khalid
Preceded by (None) Office established
Succeeded by Mutaib bin Abdulaziz

Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (19 October 1938 – 13 April 2003) was a member of House of Saud and served in different cabinet positions as well as Mecca governor.

Early life and education

Majid bin Abdulaziz was born in Riyadh on 19 October 1938[1] to Ibn Saud and Muhdi. Prince Majid was the full brother of Prince Sattam, the former Riyadh governor, Sultana and, Haya.[2] Prince Majid received formal education in Riyadh.[1]


At the end of 1975, Majid bin Abdulaziz was appointed by King Khalid as minister of municipal and rural affairs, being the first minister, since this ministry was first established in this year in Saudi Arabia.[3][4] Prince Mutaib was also joined the Saudi cabinet at that time, being appointed minister of public works and housing.[5] These two appointments were a move to reduce the power of Sudairi Seven in the cabinet.[4][5]

Then, on 3 March 1980, Prince Majid was appointed governor of the Makkah Province,[1] replacing Prince Fawwaz. His tenure lasted for nineteen years from 1980 to 1999. Majid resigned from office as a result of a scandal involving one of his staff.[6]

Views and allegiances

Prince Majid argued that communism and other temporal ideologies were totally false and against human nature.[7] Prince Majid was close to both then Crown Prince Abdullah and Sudairi Seven, acting as a floating voter in contests.[8] However, during his tenure in Mekkah governorship he was much closer to Crown Prince Abdullah.[9]

Personal life

Prince Majid married Nuf bint Abdallah Al Fahd Al Muhanna.[10] He has seven children, two sons and five daughters. His eldest son, Mishaal bin Majid, is the governor of Jeddah city. Other son Abdulaziz bin Majid is the former governor of Medina province.[11] One of his daughters, Jawaher bint Majed, is the first Saudi woman to have been granted the title of the patron of arts in Saudi Arabia.[12] His other daughter, Princess Basma, married Prince Bandar bin Faisal Al Saud.[13]


The Society of Majid bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services (Society) was founded in 1998 by Majid bin Abdulaziz.[14] Initially its name was “Makkah Al Mukarramah Association for Development and Social Services” at the founding stage. Later, it was changed into “The Society of Majid bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services”, and was registered as a “charity” in the register of charities at the ministry of social affairs in 2000.[14] Mishal bin Majid is the chairman of the society.[1]

The Majid society was given by the Global Research Alliance (GRA) A+ rating for its achievements during 2011.[15]

Death and funeral

Prince Majid died in Jeddah after suffering from a prolonged illness on 13 April 2003.[1][16] His funeral prayers were performed in Grand Mosque on the same day and he was buried in Al Adl cemetery on Majed Street in Mecca.[16][17] Then Crown Prince Abdullah, Prince Sultan, Prince Nayef, Prince Salman and other senior Saudi royals attended the funeral.[16][18]




  1. ^ a b c d e "Majid bin Abdulaziz Biography". Majid Society. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Family Tree of Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  3. ^ Don De Marino (1979). "Royal factionism and Saudi foreign policy". Foreign Affairs. JSTOR 20040345.
  4. ^ a b Mordechai Abir (1988). Saudi Arabia in the Oil Era: Regime and Elites: Conflict and Collaboration. Kent: Croom Helm. ISBN 9780709951292.
  5. ^ a b Ghassane Salameh; Vivian Steir (October 1980). "Political Power and the Saudi State". MERIP (91): 5–22. JSTOR 3010946.
  6. ^ "Prince Mishaal on Governing Saudi Arabia's Second City, Jeddah". Wikileaks. 21 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Wealth keeps Saudi Kingdom stable". The News and Courier. AP. 22 April 1990. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  8. ^ Amir Taheri (2012). "Saudi Arabia: Change Begins within the Family". The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. 34 (3): 138–143. doi:10.1080/10803920.2012.686725. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  9. ^ "The Late Saudi King Fahd: A Mixed Legacy". Wikileaks. 1 August 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Family Tree of Majid bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Emirs of Al Madinah". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Princess Jawahir bint Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Arab Women. Archived from the original on 18 October 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  13. ^ Sharaf Sabri (2001). The House of Saud in commerce: A study of royal entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I.S. Publications. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  14. ^ a b "The Society of Majid bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services". Arab Sustainability Leadership Group. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  15. ^ "the Global Research Alliance (GRA) has granted the society A+ rating for its achievements during 2011". Arab News. 14 March 2012. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  16. ^ a b c "Thousands Attend Majed's Funeral". Arab News. 14 April 2003. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Al-Adl: One of Makkah's oldest cemeteries". Saudi Gazette. 18 June 2012. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Death of Prince Majid bin Abdulaziz". Saudi Embassy. 13 April 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  19. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about "Decoration of Honour"" (pdf) (in German). Retrieved 17 July 2013.
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