On January twenty-third homes, hearts, and souls of Saudi Arabians around the world trembled into a great depression… The death of a king who will forever be remembered throughout history for his Wisdom, Kind heartedness, and justice.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the two Holy mosques (1924 – 2015) was born in Riyadh in 1924, spending his earlier years in the desert with Bedouin tribes who taught him the values of honor, simplicity, generosity and bravery and instilled in him the desire to assist in the development of his people.
By 1962, Prince Abdullah was chosen by King Faisal to command the National Guard. He was appointed Second Deputy Prime Minister in 1975 on the succession of King Khalid, and when King Fahd came to the throne in 1982, he was named Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister. In the latter capacity, he presided over cabinet meetings and governed the country as deputy to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz.
Since ascending the throne in 2005, King Abdullah made development of a new, advanced Saudi Arabia a central focus of his reign. He initiated a range of major economic, social, education, health, and infrastructure projects that have brought about remarkable changes throughout the Kingdom.
His most notable achievements include the launch of four mega economic cities, the creation of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University for Girls, projects to expand the Two Holy Mosques, and major welfare projects.
On a global level, King Abdullah’s participation in international diplomacy reflects the Kingdom’s leadership role in defense of Arab and Islamic issues and for the achievement of world peace, stability and security.
King Abdullah’s death has left a milestone in all Saudi Arabians’ hearts. May he rest in peace and forever be remembered as a father, a leader, and a legacy.