|Intro||Saudi royal and former governor|
|Birth||1 January 1942, Riyadh|
|Death||5 May 2007, Seattle (aged 65 years)|
Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz (Arabic: عبد المجيد بن عبد العزيز آل سعود, ʿAbd al-Majīd bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ʾĀl Saʿūd) (1942 – 5 May 2007) was a prominent member of House of Saud. He was seen as a close ally of King Abdullah, but was also regarded as long-time ally of Sudairi Seven.
Early life and education
Prince Abdul Majeed was born in Riyadh in 1942 as the 33rd son of King Abdulaziz. His mother was King Abdulaziz's tenth wife, Haya bint Sa'ad Al Sudairi who died on 18 April 2003 at age 90. She was a member of the powerful Sudairi family and the sister of Jawhara bint Saad who was another spouse of King Abdulaziz. Prince Abdul Majeed's full brothers are Prince Badr and Prince Abdul Ilah.
Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz received his early education in Riyadh in traditional schools, including the Sheikh Abdullah Al Khayyat and the Al Anjal School. He joined in the Royal Saudi Navy in 1954 and then, studied in the United Kingdom.
Abdul Majeed served as governor of three significant provinces in Saudi Arabia during his lifetime: Tabuk province, Medina Province and Makkah Province.
After completing his education, he was firstly appointed governor of the northerly Tabuk province in 1980. Agriculture was developed in the province during his governorship, and the region became one of the kingdom's main producers of crops such as wheat and fruit. His tenure lasted for six years until 1986.
After the death of his half-brother, Prince Abdul Muhsin, in 1986, Prince Abdul Majeed replaced him as governor of Medina Province. The Prophet's Mosque in Medina and surrounding areas were redeveloped during his 14-year term of office. He also established the Taiba Investment Corporation in Medina. His tenure lasted until 1999 when he was succeeded by Prince Muqrin in the post.
In 2000, he was appointed governor of Makkah province and chairman of the Mecca development authority. He was also chief of the central hajj committee. In 2000, Mecca became the provincial capital of the region including Jeddah. An ambitious program of development was undertaken in Mecca under his stewardship at a cost of more than US$27 billion. The developments were centered on the Two Holy Mosques, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and the Masjid-e-Nabawi in Medina, the key destinations of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, attracting millions of visitors each year. Huge commercial developments sprouted in surrounding areas, such as the Jebel Omar scheme, including hotels, convention and conference centers, and prayer facilities. Architectural historians criticized the accompanying destruction of historic sites. On the other hand, communication links were improved, including port facilities in Jeddah, airports, and roads. In addition, Abdul Majeed initiated the restoration and development plans of old city of Jeddah.
Abdul Majeed also called for greater participation of women in public life. "Prince Abdul Majeed has been a major supporter of Saudi businesswomen," said Hussa Al Aun, a member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). He called for women's participation in public life in Saudi Arabia. The Khadeeja bint Khuwailed Centre for Businesswomen was established in Jeddah in 2003 by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, under his patronage. He also supported the launch of an antiterror initiative in the province’s schools in December 2006.
He also served on many public and charitable committees. He pushed for the creation of a motor racing track in Jeddah, the first in the Kingdom. He was also an early supporter of blood testing before marriage so as to avoid blood diseases. The procedure has since become obligatory.
Prince Abdul Majeed was considered to be one of the potential candidates for the throne at the beginning of the 2000s. He was also considered as eligible contender following the death of King Fahd in August 2005.
Prince Abdul Majeed was married to Sara bint Abdul Mohsen Al Angari, and had one son, Faisal bin Abdul Majeed. His son, Faisal, is a businessman and a member of the board of trustees of the Arab Thought Foundation.
His wife, Sara bint Abdul Mohsen, donated 1 million riyals to a psychiatric hospital in Makkah during his governorship of Makkah Province. During the same period, Sara bint Abdul Mohsen paid the hospital expenses of a woman who experienced serious domestic violence by her husband in 2001.
Death & Legacy
Prince Abdul Majeed suffered from leukaemia and had undergone a surgery earlier in the US and then, had traveled back to Saudi Arabia. However, he was flown back to the US when his condition worsened. He died in Seattle on 5 May 2007 at age 65. His body was taken from the US to Riyadh on 6 May 2007. Funeral prayers for him were performed at Imam Turki ibn Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh after Dhuhr prayers on 7 May 2007.
Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz Domestic Airport in Madinah was named after Prince Abdul Majeed.
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