Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud

Prince Faisal bin Bandar served as Director in the department of Defense and Aviation Ministry, Assistant Deputy Governor of Asir Province, Governor of Al-Qassim and Riyadh Provinces.


Personal Life

Faisal bin Bandar was born Prince and eldest son to Prince Bandar and Wasmiyah bint Abdul Rahman Mu’ammar in 1943. Faisal is brother to Mansour Air Force Officer in Saudi Air Defense Force.
Faisal bin Bandar and his wife Nura bint Muhammad bin Saud Al Abdul Rahman have four children: Muhammed, Bandar, Sara and Mishail. His son, Prince Muhammad, has followed in the footsteps of the father and taken the military training a notch higher to become military officer and a jet pilot at the Royal Air Force.

The Prince’s Educational Background and Career Achievements

Faisal obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the prestigious King Saud University, attended by most members of the royal family of the House of Saud. He graduated in 1969.

All ministerial and key government positions in Saudi Arabia are made by the King’s decree appointments. Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud decree appointment is no exception.

“Under these Royal Decrees, the tenure of the following officials at the grade of the Minister has been extended for a period of four years, effective from…,” the decree declares.

Prince Faisal career began as Director of the organization and administration department of the Defense and Aviation Ministry in 1970 with one such decree. In 1974, he served as Director of training in the department of Communication Ministry and was appointed Assistant Deputy Governor of Asir Province in 1978. This term ended in 1981 when he was promoted to Deputy Governorship position in the same province, in the same year.

King’s Decree Appointment

Saudi Arabia King decree appointments to key government positions also relieves officials of duties. The decree is issued from the King’s official residence palace in Jeddah and circulated in all government departments throughout the country. These orders are carried out to the letter in accordance with the terms and conditions contained in the decree.

One such decree relieved Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of his duty as Governor of Qassim and appointed him Governor of Riyadh.

The country has been governed by the royal family of the House of Saud for nearly a century from 1932 when the country became independent state. All members of the royal family enjoy equal rights to the benefits as members of the House of Saud.

House of Saud

Members of the House of Saud are made up of Governors of provinces in Saudi Arabia‎, Grandsons of Abdulaziz ibn Saud‎, Kings of Saudi Arabia‎, Saudi Arabian princes‎, Saudi Arabian princesses‎ , Sons of Abdulaziz ibn Saud are the direct beneficiaries of the reigning King decree appointments.

Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense and Aviation as well as the country’s National Guard, as indeed other countries defense ministry is key to the stability of the Kingdom and plays a major role to Western security and economic interests in the Middle East and the Arab world.

It is for this reason members of the royal family of the House of Saud feature prominently in key leadership positions and have military background training and experience as key decision making figures in the in the administration of the country. Faisal bin Bandar like his predecessors is a former military officer.

Other Positions

The Allegiance Council is acts as the advisory body responsible for determining future succession to the throne of Saudi Arabia. December 7, 2007 marks the birth of formation of this body King Abdullah. Originally, the council’s function was to appoint a Crown Prince in the event a new King is installed on the throne.

“The Council also preempts the possibility of the King becoming incapacitated,” in accordance to Article 7 of The Allegiance Institution Law. These are some of the additional roles the council oversees. Prince Faisal as member of this council enjoys rare opportunity as part of this key decision making organ to steer the country to greater heights of prosperity.

Members of this council are made up “surviving sons of Abdulaziz, grandsons whose fathers are deceased, incapacitated or unwilling to assume the throne and the sons of the King and Crown Prince…”