Fahd bin Sultan Al Saud (born 20 October 1950) has been the governor of Tabuk Province since 1987 and a member of House of Saud.[1]

Early life and education

Fahd bin Sultan was born in Riyadh on 20 October 1950.[2] He is the second eldest son of Crown Prince Sultan.[2] He is the full brother of Khalid bin Sultan, Faisal bin Sultan and late Turki bin Sultan. Their mother is Munira bint Abdulaziz bin Mousad Al Jiluwi, who died in Paris in August 2011 aged 80.[3][4] Munira bint Abdulaziz was the sister of Alanoud, who was the spouse of King Fahd and also, was King Khalid and Prince Muhammed's cousin.[1]

Fahd bin Sultan is a graduate of King Saud University.[1] He also received a master's degree in the United States.[5][6]


Prince Fahd began his career at the ministry of labour and social affairs.[7] He firstly served as the director of research there from 1969 to 1970. He later appointed the director general of social welfare again at the same ministry in 1970.[5] In November 1977, Fahd bin Sultan was appointed the deputy minister responsible for social welfare affairs in the ministry of labour and social affairs.[8] Then he was appointed deputy president of sport and welfare.[9]

He was appointed governor of Tabuk province in July 1987, replacing Mamdouh bin Abdulaziz. He has been the governor since then.[10][11][12]


In 2002, Fahd bin Sultan undertook the cost of extending power lines to al Assafiya village and paid the electric bills for 3 years.[13]

In 2003, he began to establish a college, Fahd bin Sultan College in Tabuk. The college was opened by late Sultan bin Abdulaziz.[14] It was approved by King Abdullah as university on 2 October 2011.[15]

In Tabuk, a private hospital was established with his name, Prince Fahd bin Sultan Hospital, in 1995. It features eleven outpatient clinics, emergency room, inpatient service, medical support services and other services.[16]


In January 2014, Prince Fahad hunted 2100 endangered houbara bustards in Chagai, Balochistan, Pakistan. He hunted for 21 days – from 11 January to 31 January 2014– and hunted 1,977 birds, while other members of his party hunted an additional 123 birds, bringing the total bustard toll to 2,100 (roughly 2% of remaining population). The houbara bustard is listed as an endangered species; hunting it is completely banned in Pakistan. In Pakistan hunting the houbara is only by special permit for visiting royalty. Such permits allow for a maximum total bag of 100 birds which must not be hunted in reserved areas. The Prince reportedly hunted extensively in reserved areas. The houbara is widely prized in Arabia as a quarry for falconers particularly because its meat is valued as an aphrodisiac.[17][18]

Other positions

Fahd bin Sultan is deputy chairman of Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation[19] that deals with varied charity activities. He himself was reported to launch a number of charity projects under the Prince Fahd bin Sultan Social Charity Program Society that would target various sectors.[20] He is also the honorary president of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society.[21] He is chairman of the board of trustees of Fahd bin Sultan University, too.[22][23]


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  3. ^ "Wife of Saudi crown prince dies in Paris hospital". The Daily Star. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
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  5. ^ a b Joseph A. Kechichian (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. Palgrave. 
  6. ^ "Biography". Fahd bin Sultan Official website. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Ghassane Salameh; Vivian Steir (October 1980). "Political Power and the Saudi State". MERIP (91): 5–22. JSTOR 3010946. 
  8. ^ M. Ehsan Ahrari (1999). "Political succession in Saudi Arabia". Comparative Strategy. 18 (1): 13–29. doi:10.1080/01495939908403160. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Briefing" (PDF). The Guardian. 25 September 1985. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Al Saud dynasty". Islam Daily. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "09RIYADH393". Wikileaks. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Simon Henderson (August 2009). "After King Abdullah" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Nimrod Raphaeli (2003). "Saudi Arabia: A brief guide to its politics and problems" (PDF). Middle East Review of International Affairs. 7 (3): 21–33. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Sultan opens Prince Fahd bin Sultan University in Tabuk". Saudi Gazette. 8 October 2008. Archived from the original on 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "King Abdullah approves Fahd bin Sultan University". Times of Ummah. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "The first private hospital in the northwestern region". ASTRA Arab supply and trading. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Arab royal hunts 2,100 endangered houbara bustards in three week safari in Balochistan". Trans Asia News Service. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Arab royal hunts down 2,100 houbara bustards in three week safari". Dawn. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Who we are?". Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Projects worth billions set for launch in Tabuk". Arab News. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "Prince Fahd bin Sultan Inaugurated the Seventh World Pharmaceutical Saudi Conference". Saudi food and drug authority. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2012. [permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Prince Mishari bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visits Fahd bin Sultan University". Fahd bin Sultan University. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "University background". FBSU. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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Preceded by
Mamdouh bin Abdulaziz
Governor of Tabuk Province
1987 – present
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