Ministry of Interior (Saudi Arabia)

The Ministry of Interior (Arabic: وزارة الداخلية) is the Interior ministry of Saudi Arabia and is the responsible authority for national security, naturalization, immigration and customs in Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 1951 after the combined ministerial body covering financial and interior affairs were separated.[1][2]

Ministry of Interior headquarters, Riyadh
Agency overview
Formed8 January 1926 (1926-01-08)
Jurisdiction Saudi Arabia
HeadquartersOlaya, Riyadh
Agency executive
Child agency
  • General Directorate of Public Security
  • Civil Defense
  • Narcotics Control
  • Industrial Security
  • Two Holy Mosques' Security
  • General Directorate of Court Services
  • General Directorate of Corrections
  • General Directorate of Passports
  • King Fahd Security College
  • National Center for Security Operations
  • Ideological Security
  • Saudi Interpol
  • Border Guards
  • Mujahideen
  • Weapons and Explosives
  • Civil Affairs


The ministry consists of the following units:

Division of Internal Security

Division of Naturalisation and Residency

The Division of Naturalisation and Residency enforces immigration laws with the Ministry's "Immigration and Customs enforcement Police". The Ministry is also responsible for issuing Passports and National Identification for Saudi citizens and residence Permit for non-Saudis. It is headed by Ahmed Hammam


The first minister of interior was Abdullah bin Faisal, son of King Faisal.[2] Prince Ahmed was appointed interior minister on 18 June 2012.[3] It was reported that he would not basically alter the security policies of Saudi Arabia since the country faced a threat from Al Qaeda in Yemen and experienced an unrest among its Shi'ite Muslim minority.[4]

List of Ministers

Aircraft inventory

Aircraft Type Versions In service Notes
Sikorsky S-70 utility/transport helicopter S-70i 3[6]
Sikorsky S-92 utility/transport helicopter S-92 17 Some are armed with machine guns
Sikorsky S-434 training helicopter S-434 9 Used for training
Kawasaki-Vertol 107 utility KV-107IIA-SM-1 7 Used for firefighting
Kawasaki-Vertol 107 utility/transport KV-107IIA-SM-2 4 Aeromedical and rescue helicopter
Kawasaki-Vertol 107 transport KV-107IIA-SM-3 2 VIP transport
Kawasaki-Vertol 107 utility/transport KV-107IIA-SM-4 3 Air ambulance
EADS CASA C-295 transport C-295W 4[7]


  1. James Wynbrandt (1 January 2004). A Brief History of Saudi Arabia. Infobase Publishing. p. 206. ISBN 978-1-4381-0830-8. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. Hertog, Steffen (2007). "Shaping the Saudi state: Human agency's shifting role in the rentier state formation" (PDF). International Journal of Middle East Studies. 39: 539–563. doi:10.1017/S0020743807071073. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. "Prince Salman named Saudi crown prince". Al Jazeera (english version). Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  4. McDowall, Angus (18 June 2012). "Saudi appoints Prince Salman as crown prince". Reuters. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  5. "PROFILE: New Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef". Al Arabiya.
  6. "S-70i Black Hawk in Ministry of Interior".
  7. "Saudi Arabia orders four Airbus C295W aircraft". airbusdefenceandspace. 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016.
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