KING ABDULLAH BIN ABDUL AZIZ AL-SAUD
The King of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud was born in Riyadh in 1924. He received his early education in Royal court at Princes' School, from religious authorities and intellectuals.
His first official post was mayor of Makkah. In 1963, he was given the position of commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In 1975, he was given the position of Second Deputy Prime Minister. In 1982, he was given the position of the first Deputy Prime Minister. He became the King of Saudi Arabia on 1st of August 2005.
King Abdullah has established King Abdul aziz Public Library in Riyadh and its sister library in Casablanca, Morocco. King Abdullah also established in 1405 the National Festival of Heritage and Culture held in Janadriyyah. The monarch's hobbies include reading, love of desert and horse-riding. He has founded the Equestrian Club in Riyadh. He has been greatly interested in Arab and Muslims' affairs and has been keen on their unity. He believed that Islam is a strong pillar of the unity of Arab and Muslim nations. He has visited all Arab countries and some Islamic nations. King Abdullah has also visited many friendly countries to enhance the Kingdom's relations with them and headed the Kingdom's delegations to some summits and a number of regional and international conferences
As Crown Prince, he travelled widely throughout the Kingdom. During the course of 2004, he inaugurated a number of projects not only in the capital city of Riyadh, but in Makkah and in Taif, as well as in the Eastern Province. Always mindful of the interests of the people, in 2005 he closely monitored the ongoing election process for the country's municipal councils. Also he has visited overseas include France in 2005, Austria in 2004, Russia in 2003, and Germany in 2001, in addition to travels within the Arab and Islamic worlds. In 2000, following the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York, he traveled to Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela; and in 1998, in a world tour that included the United States, he visited Britain, France, China, Japan, South Korea, and Pakistan.
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