Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud

Fahd bin Abdullah Al Saud (Arabic: فهد بن عبد الله آل سعود) is the former deputy defence minister of Saudi Arabia and a member of the House of Saud.

Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed
Deputy Minister of Defence
In office
21 April 2013  7 August 2013
MonarchKing Abdullah
MinisterSalman bin Abdulaziz
Preceded byKhalid bin Sultan
Succeeded bySalman bin Sultan
Personal details
Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal Al Saud
NationalitySaudi Arabian
Spouse(s)Fahda bint Bandar bin Mohammed Al Saud
Alma materUS Naval Staff and Command College
AwardsOrder of Abdulaziz Al Saud [1]
Military service
AllegianceSaudi Arabia
Branch/serviceRoyal Saudi Navy
RankLieutenant general

Early life and education

Prince Fahd is the son of Abdullah bin Mohammad and Noura bint Saud (died late July 2013), King Saud's daughter.[2][3] His father was the older maternal half brother of the Sudairi Seven (only son of Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi through her marriage to Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman, half-brother of King Abdulaziz).[1][4][5] Prince Fahd has four brothers and two sisters,[6] and he has half siblings from his father’s other marriages.[7]

He is a graduate of the US Naval Staff and Command College.[5] He holds a master's degree in military sciences.[8] He also attended advanced naval programs in the US, the UK and Pakistan.[8] In addition, he participated in programs on command and staff at the Military College in the US.[8]


Fahd bin Abdullah was a military officer.[9] He had business activities while serving in these posts.[4][9] He became the commander of the marine forces in Royal Saudi Navy in April 2002.[10][11] He also served at the ships of King Abdul Aziz and the floating units of the marine base.[10] In addition, he assumed the following posts: the chief of the operations authority of the Naval Forces, director at the office of the minister of defence, aviation and inspector general and then deputy commander of the naval forces.[8] He retired from navy at the rank of lieutenant general.[12]

On 20 April 2013, he was appointed deputy defence minister at the rank of minister, replacing Khalid bin Sultan in the post.[13][14][15] However, Prince Fahd's tenure was very brief and on 7 August 2013 he was replaced by Salman bin Sultan, son of late Prince Sultan.[16][17]


On 4 November 2017, Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud was arrested in Saudi Arabia in a "corruption crackdown" conducted by a new royal anti-corruption committee.[18][19][20][21][22] This was done on authority of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

Personal life

Prince Fahd is married to Fahda bint Bandar bin Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud.[4] They have eight children.[23] One of his sons is Prince Faisal.[4] Another son, Abdulaziz, is married to Princess Sara, daughter of the former deputy minister of defense Khalid bin Sultan Al Saud.

Prince Fahd is known for his love of the desert and Arabian horses.[1]



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  2. "Saudi Arabia: Noura bint Saud's funeral". Gulf States Newsletter. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. "Royal Family Directory". Datarabia. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  4. Sabri Sharaf (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. Sharaf Sabri. p. 301. ISBN 978-81-901254-0-6. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  5. "Prince Fahd bin Abdullah appointment". Gulf States Newsletter. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  6. "The Father". King Saud website. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
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  8. "Fahd bin Abdullah new deputy defense minister". Arab News. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  9. "The role of Saudi princes in uniform". Wikileaks. 27 May 1985. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  10. "New Saudi deputy defense minister a decorated marine officer". Al Arabiya. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  11. "Saudi Arabia Appoints New Deputy Defense Minister". Asharq Alawsat. 20 April 2013. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  12. "Saudi king appoints new deputy defence minister". China. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  13. "Saudi deputy defence minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan replaced". Gulf News. Reuters. 20 April 2013. Archived from the original on 24 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  14. Saudi Gazette (20 April 2013). "New Deputy Defence Minister appointed". Saudi Gazette. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  15. Allam, Abeer (21 April 2013). "Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister". Financial Times. Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  16. "Saudi's Prince Salman Named Deputy Defence Minister". Gulf Business. Reuters. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  17. "Saudi King appoints Prince Salman bin Sultan as Deputy Minister of Defense". Emirates 7/24. Wam. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  18. "Saudi Arabia princes detained, ministers dismissed". www.aljazeera.com.
  19. Kalin, Stephen; Paul, Katie (5 November 2017). "Future Saudi king tightens grip on power with arrests including Prince Alwaleed". Reuters. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  20. David, Javier E. (5 November 2017). "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown".
  21. https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-princes-former-ministers-arrested-in-apparent-power-consolidation-1509837798 Saudi Princes, Former Ministers Arrested in Apparent Power Consolidation
  22. Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Faisal Al Saud (PDF). Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman and Family Charitable Organization. p. 62. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 September 2012.
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