Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Nasser bin Abdulaziz
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Governor of Riyadh Province
In office 1938–1951
Predecessor Muhammad bin Saad bin Zaid
Successor Sultan bin Abdulaziz
Monarch Ibn Saud
Born 1911
Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd and Hasa
Died 15 September 1984 (aged 72–73)
Saudi Arabia
Spouse Muhdi bint Ahmed Al Sudairi
Full name
Nasser bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father Ibn Saud
Mother Bazza I
Religion Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1911 – 15 September 1984) was one of the former Riyadh governors and a member of House of Saud.

Early life and education

Prince Nasser was born in Riyadh in 1911.[1] There are other reports, giving his birth date as 1913 and as 1921.[2][3] He was the sixth son of Ibn Saud.[4] His mother was Bazza I, a Moroccan woman.[3][5][6] Prince Nasser had no full-brothers or full-sisters.[original research?][7] He received education in Riyadh at the school of the palace, learning Quran, horsemanship and war techniques.[1]

Riyadh governorship

Ibn Saud appointed him as the governor of Riyadh Province in 1938.[1] However, he had to resign from his post due to an event, leading to death of one of his brothers and others. When Prince Nasser was the governor, he organized a party after which his brother Prince Mansour, then-defense minister,[8] and several foreigners died of alcohol poisoning.[9] Upon hearing of this event, Ibn Saud threw him in jail.[9] Subsequently, Nasser bin Abdulaziz lost his post and never returned to public life.[10]

Exclusion from succession

Prince Nasser was excluded from the succession to throne because of the incident occurred during his term as the Governor of Riyadh Province. On the other hand, Prince Saad and he were older than Prince Fahd when the latter was appointed crown prince in 1975.[11] However both were regarded as weak contenders due to being relatively less experienced.[11]

Furthermore, he lost his chance due to "dissolute" mores. He was regarded as unsuitable for succession by the larger family.[4] His lack of accomplishment and low birth were also factors leading to his exclusion.[12]

Personal life

One of his spouses was Muhdi bint Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Sudairi,[7][13] the sister of the Sudairi brothers's mother, Hassa bint Ahmad Al Sudairi.[14] They had five sons: Prince Khalid, Prince Abdullah, Prince Fahd, Prince Turki and Prince Ahmed.[14]

One of his sons, Turki bin Nasser, is former military officer and the former head of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME).[13] The other, Mohammed bin Nasser, is the governor of Jizan Province.[15] Another son Mansour bin Nasser was one of King Abdullah's advisors.[16] His other son, Abdulaziz bin Nasser, is a businessman[17] and the father of Saud bin Abdulaziz who murdered his servant in London in 2010.[18]


Prince Nasser could not walk and used a wheelchair in his last years.[11] He died on 15 September 1984 and was buried in Riyadh.[1]


His family founded Prince Nasser bin Abdulaziz Center for Autism, an affiliated body of the Saudi Autism Center; the center was opened in April 2012.[19][20]



  1. ^ a b c d "Princes of Riyadh". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "السِّير الذاتية للشخصيات، في المملكة العربية السعودية". Al Moqatel. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Winberg Chai (22 September 2005). Saudi Arabia: A Modern Reader. University Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-88093-859-4. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Mouline, Nabil (April–June 2012). "Power and generational transition in Saudi Arabia" (PDF). Critique Internationale. 46: 1–22. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Biography of Bazza". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Family Tree of Nasir bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 9 June 2012. [better source needed](subscription required)
  8. ^ "Land Forces History". Royal Saudi Land Forces. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Herb, Michael (1999). All in the family. Albany: State University of New York Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-7914-4168-7. 
  10. ^ "The new succession law preserves the monarchy". Wikileaks. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Kapoor, Talal (1 November 2007). "The Kingdom:Succession in Saudi Arabia (part two)". Datarabia. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdullaziz al Saud". Saudi Environmental Society. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Kechichian, Joseph A. (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. New York: Palgrave. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Prince Mohammed bin Nasser sponsors the inauguration ceremony of the Saudi Biology Association conference at Jazan University". Jazan University. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "King Abdulla Arrives In Makkah From Jeddah". Bahrain News Agency. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Barger Saudia. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Saudi prince beat servant to death in London hotel, court hears". The Guardian. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "His Highness the Minister of Defense opens Prince Nasser bin Abdulaziz Center for Autism". Riyadh Municipality. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Prince Salman to open Prince Nasser bin Abdulaziz Center for Autism". Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
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