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October 7th, 2004
The Saudi Question
Who's Who: The House of Saud: King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Like King Fahd, King Abdullah is a son of the Saud family patriarch Ibn Saud. However, Abdullah is only a half brother of Fahd, and thus not one of the powerful “Sudairi Seven” brothers. After King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995, Abdullah, then crown prince, effectively assumed sovereign power. Since then he has been recognized as Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader and has garnered the support of many Saudis. Abdullah officially became king after Fahd’s death in August, 2005.

Since taking over the responsibilities of the king, the low-profile Prince Abdullah has been portrayed as an honest, traditional man seeking to reestablish the legitimacy of the Saud family in the wake of growing public discontent. In reaction to high unemployment levels, falling living standards, and a rapidly changing social landscape, many Saudis are demanding significant social and political reforms. In response to pressures from both progressive and conservative factions within Saudi society, Abdullah introduced some controversial policies such as allowing minority Shi’ite Muslims to participate in the political process and holding the country’s first elections in early 2005. To strengthen the kingdom’s economic base, Crown Prince Abdullah also stepped up implementation of the government’s “Saudization” program, which aims to decrease the high percentage of expatriates in Saudi Arabia’s workforce by employing Saudi citizens in seventy percent of all jobs by the end of the decade.

Though reportedly a friend of the Bush family, King Abdullah has in the past been critical of U.S. political positions and his government cautious in its dealings with the United States.

  • s.m.khin maung ko

    We appreciate and respect king abdullah bin abdul aziz al saud

  • Abdulla


    We, so many expatriates living here in Saudi Arabia under hell as we are the victims of Huroob rule.

    We cannot work and also cannot catch hometown.

    Remember Almighty Allah and do something good for us.

    Please remove this huroob rule and cooperate with poor expatriates.

    Batha – Riyadh

  • messenger

    King Abdullah,you have to flood the oil market with every barrel you can muster @ £0-40 pence per barrel.
    Do this in the name of ALLAH. OUR most beloved Father. Also set your women FREE,treat them as you ought to. YOUR EAQUAL’S. ALLAH wuckbak. from his messenger.

    Please make sure that King Abdulla get’s this message right away!!!

  • tom mustric

    HRH King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz friend of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak following Egyptian elections may enjoin together with HRH King Abdullah II of Jordan to form a wisemen’s council for Middle East Peace. As partners in peace, HRH King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz’s love for community in peace should be moved forward for his good wishes for regional peace. As partners in peace, both President Mubarak and King Abdullah II may consider that the next peace initiative come from the people for “Palestine” to be the larger entity wherein Israel is a secured, recognized, and independent state, where “Peace through Tourism” is the end-game for regional cooperation, which builds the “mutual respect” among various regional cultural groups needed to support aspects of international law as a “confederation” pattern by a professional administration in format of the World Tourism Organization charter.

    Needs for an agreed, regional, and multi-lateral peace include to develop for Gaza a cultural center, zone for peace, of such beautiful Arab design as to welcome foreign tourism of all religions for peace, such that the world uplifts that Islam means peace. There is a need for an “Alexandrian Academy” meeting of scholars in Alexandria, Egypt, at the new Alexandrian Library to discuss peace.

    In line with the Earth Hour of Jordan as final destination to invite the world, it’s time for the “International Decade of Radiant Peace, 2010-2020, where 2020 is a year of clear vision, and starts at Bethany.

    In coordination with March 26, Jordan’s Earth Hour, is also a good time to discuss peace, September 22nd, Solstice Day, equal hours of starlight and sunlight, to have Bethany beam eight points of lights up to the night stars in a compass rosette to invite, as Saudi Arabia King Abdullah has always dreamed to come true that all points on the earth are welcome to enjoin in his spirituality to connect in peace.

    Proclamations, music, and art are among paths for peace bringing people together. Bring what is agreed together among national entities in the Middle East for a proposed “confederation” for it will yield good things.

    Thomas Mustric, Political Anthropologist for peace

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