عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد
Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed
15 April 1955
|Died||31 August 1997 42) (aged|
|Cause of death||Automobile crash|
|Resting place||Fayed Estate, Oxted, Surrey|
|Alma mater|| Collège Saint Marc |
Institut Le Rosey
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
|Known for||Death of Diana, Princess of Wales|
(m. 1986;div. 1987)
|Parent(s)|| Mohamed Al-Fayed |
|Relatives|| Omar Fayed (half-brother)|
Muhammad Khashoggi (grandfather)
Adnan Khashoggi (uncle)
Soheir Khashoggi (aunt)
Jamal Khashoggi (cousin)
Nabila Khashoggi (cousin)
Emad Khashoggi (cousin)
Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed ( // ; Egyptian Arabic : عماد الدين محمد عبد المنعم الفايد [ʕeˈmæːd ɪdˈdiːn mæˈħæmmæd ʕæbdelˈmenʕem fæːjed] , 15 April 1955 – 31 August 1997), better known as Dodi Fayed (Egyptian Arabic : دودي الفايد [ˈduːdi] ), was the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed El Fayed. He died in a car crash in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. He was also a first cousin to Jamal Khashoggi through his mother, who was a Saudi journalist killed in Turkey in 2018.
Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, across the Red Sea lies Saudi Arabia, and across the Mediterranean lie Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, although none share a land border with Egypt.
Mohamed Al-Fayed is an Egyptian businessman. Fayed's business interests include ownership of Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge. Al-Fayed sold his ownership of Fulham F.C. to Shahid Khan in 2013.
On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris, France. Her companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes S280, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth passenger in the car, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, was seriously injured but survived.
Fayed was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was the eldest son of the Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods department store. He was the half-brother of Omar, Camilla, Karim and Jasmine Al-Fayed. Dodi's father was also the former owner of Fulham Football Club and the Hôtel Ritz Paris.Dodi's mother was the Saudi Arabian author Samira Khashoggi; her father was Dr Muhammad Khashoggi, who was of Turkish descent, and brother to the billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. Fayed was a student at Collège Saint Marc before attending the Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. He also briefly attended Sandhurst. After completing his education, he served as an attaché at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in London. Fayed was the first cousin of the late Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and a major economic centre, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. Its low elevation on the Nile delta makes it highly vulnerable to rising sea levels. Alexandria is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez. Alexandria is also a popular tourist destination.
Harrods is a department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. It is owned by the state of Qatar via its sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority. The Harrods brand also applies to other enterprises undertaken by the Harrods group of companies including Harrods Estates, Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods, and to Harrods Buenos Aires, sold by Harrods in 1922 and closed as of 2011.
Omar Fayed is an environmentalist and publisher. He is CEO of ESTEE, based in Switzerland and Great Britain, that advocates human space exploration, space colonization, and sustainable human development within the biosphere. He is co-founder and CEO of EarthX, a data visualization and mapping company based on NASA’s World Wind Project. He is chairman of Synergetic Press based in New Mexico, and a fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics.
Fayed was the executive producer of the films Chariots of Fire , Breaking Glass , F/X , F/X2 , Hook , and The Scarlet Letter . He also served as the executive creative consultant for the F/X: The Series television series. Fayed also worked for his father on Harrods' marketing.
Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.
Breaking Glass is a 1980 British film starring Hazel O'Connor, Phil Daniels and Jonathan Pryce. It was co-produced by Dodi Fayed and written and directed by Brian Gibson.
F/X is a 1986 American action thriller film directed by Robert Mandel, written by Gregory Fleeman and Robert T. Megginson, and starring Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, and Angela Bassett in her film debut. The film follows an expert (Brown) in the art of special effects (F/X) with a reputation built by his work on many low-budget hack-and-slash films such as I Dismember Mama. The Department of Justice hires him to stage the murder of a gangster about to enter the Witness Protection Program. He agrees, but then things get complicated. Meanwhile, a New York City police detective (Dennehy) is investigating the faked murder and cannot understand why the Justice Department is even less helpful than usual.
In 1986, Fayed married model Suzanne Gregard, but the couple divorced after eight months of marriage.
In July 1997, Fayed became romantically involved with Diana, Princess of Wales. Earlier that summer, Fayed had become engaged to an American model, Kelly Fisher, and had bought a house in Malibu, California, for himself and Fisher with money from his father.Fisher subsequently claimed Fayed had jilted her for Diana and announced that she was filing a breach of contract suit against him, claiming that he had "led her emotionally all the way up to the altar and abandoned her when they were almost there. He threw her love away in a callous way with no regard for her whatsoever". She dropped the lawsuit shortly after Fayed's death.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
Malibu is a beach city in western Los Angeles County, California, situated about 30 miles (48 km) west of Downtown Los Angeles. It is known for its Mediterranean climate and its 21-mile (34 km) strip of the Malibu coast, incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is known for being the home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway, which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.
In the early-morning hours of 31 August 1997, Diana and Fayed died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma underpass, in Paris. They had stopped in Paris en route to London, after having spent nine days together on holiday in the French and Italian Rivieras aboard his family's yacht, the Jonikal. Neither Fayed nor Diana were wearing a seat belt.
Pont de l'Alma is a road bridge in Paris, France across the Seine. It was named to commemorate the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Ottoman-Franco-British alliance achieved victory over the Russian army, on 20 September 1854.
The French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. There is no official boundary, but it is usually considered to extend from Cassis or Toulon on the west to the France–Italy border in the east, where the Italian Riviera joins. The coast is entirely within the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) region of France. The principality of Monaco is a semi-enclave within the region, surrounded on three sides by France and fronting the Mediterranean.
The Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera is the narrow coastal strip which lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountain chain formed by the Maritime Alps and the Apennines. Longitudinally it extends from the border with France and the French Riviera near Ventimiglia to Capo Corvo which marks the eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia and is close to the border with Tuscany. The Italian Riviera thus includes nearly all of the coastline of Liguria.
Investigations by French and British police concluded that their chauffeur, Henri Paul, was driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs; paparazzi chasing the couple are also believed to have contributed to the accident.Fayed's father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, has claimed that the couple "were executed by MI6 agents." Fayed's former spokesman, Michael Cole, has claimed that the couple had become engaged before their deaths.
Fayed was originally interred in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey, but was disinterred and re-interred on the grounds of the Fayed estate in Oxted, Surrey in October 1997.
Fayed's father has erected two memorials to his son and Diana at Harrods. The first, unveiled on 12 April 1998, consists of photos of the two behind a pyramid-shaped display that holds a wine glass still smudged with lipstick from Diana's last dinner, as well as a ring Fayed purchased the day before they died.The second, unveiled in 2005 and titled Innocent Victims , is a 3-metre-high bronze statue of the two dancing on a beach, beneath the wings of an albatross. The memorials were designed by 80-year-old Bill Mitchell, a close friend of Dodi's father and architect for Harrods for more than 40 years. In January 2018, it was announced that the statue would be returned to the Al-Fayed family.
Trevor Rees-Jones is an English bodyguard who was badly injured in the car crash in Paris that killed Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. Because he suffered a serious head injury, Rees-Jones does not recall many details.
Henri Paul was the driver of the Mercedes S280 in which Diana, Princess of Wales, died on 31 August 1997. As Deputy Head of Security at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, Paul had been off duty that evening but was called back to drive Diana and Dodi Fayed to their apartment. The car crashed at high speed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel, with only bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones surviving.
Adnan Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian businessman and arms trader, known for his lavish business deals and lifestyle. He is estimated to have had a peak net worth of around US$4 billion in the early 1980s.
Khashoggi is an Arabic surname of Turkish origin, spelled in Arabic as خاشقجي (Khāshuqjī). Notable people with the surname include:
Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident, author, columnist for The Washington Post, and a general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel who was assassinated at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government. He also served as editor for the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan, turning it into a platform for Saudi Arabian progressives.
Samira Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian progressive author, as well as the owner and editor-in chief of Alsharkiah magazine. She was the sister of Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi, and the first wife of Egyptian-born businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed. She was the mother of Dodi Fayed.
Diana: Last Days of a Princess is a television movie broadcast in the United States by TLC on 12 August 2007 and subsequent dates. It also has aired on Five, UKTV History and UKTV Drama in Great Britain, RTÉ in Ireland, ProSieben in Germany, TF1 in France, RTP in Portugal, Channel 7 in Australia, Channel One in Russia, Jim in Finland and the History Channel in India.
After 1997, it was theorised that there was an orchestrated criminal conspiracy surrounding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. However, official investigations in both Britain and France found that Diana died in a manner consistent with media reports following the fatal car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. In 1999, a French investigation concluded that Diana died as the result of an accident. The French investigator, Judge Hervé Stephan, concluded that the paparazzi were some distance from the Mercedes S280 when it crashed and were not responsible. After hearing evidence at the British inquest, a jury in 2008 returned a verdict of "unlawful killing" by driver Henri Paul and the paparazzi pursuing the car. The jury's verdict also stated: "In addition, the death of the deceased was caused or contributed to by the fact that the deceased were not wearing a seat belt and by the fact that the Mercedes struck the pillar in the Alma Tunnel rather than colliding with something else".
Sokar is a luxury yacht formerly owned by Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. The vessel was sold in 2014 after being on the market for many years. She is named after the Egyptian mythology falcon god Sokar. The yacht was designed by naval architect Vincenzo Ruggiero in the late 1980s and built by Codecasa in Italy and launched in 1990. It has a length of 208 feet 3 inches (63.47 m) making it the 89th largest yacht in the world in 2007. It is equipped with two 3,760 horsepower (2,800 kW) engines. The yacht has a beam of 10.4 metres (34 ft) and a draft of 3.9 metres (13 ft).
Unlawful Killing is a 2011 British documentary film about the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed on 31 August 1997 directed by Keith Allen. It was financed by Mohamed Al-Fayed and Associated-Rediffusion and shown in Cannes while the 2011 Cannes Film Festival was in progress.
Fayed, or Al-Fayed with the definite article al-, is a surname. People with the name include:
The 4 Route du Champ d'Entraînement, Paris, is a villa in the Bois de Boulogne close to Neuilly-sur-Seine. The house is owned by the city of Paris and was the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
The Michael Jackson Statue is a plaster and resin sculpture of Michael Jackson commissioned by Mohamed Al-Fayed and originally unveiled in 2011 outside Craven Cottage, the ground of Fulham Football Club of which Al-Fayed was chairman. It was removed by new Fulham chairman Shahid Khan in 2013 and moved to the National Football Museum in Manchester in 2014. It was removed from display in 2019.
Muhammad Khaled Khashoggi (1889–1978), also spelt as Mohamed Khaled Khashoggi, was a Saudi Arabian medical doctor. He was King Abdulaziz Al Saud's personal doctor.
Michael Cole is a former BBC television journalist and Royal Correspondent. After leaving the BBC, he worked as director of public affairs for Harrods, and thus also as a spokesman for its owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Innocent Victims is a bronze statue of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed, which has been on display at the Harrods department store in London, England, since 2005. It was commissioned by Dodi's father Mohamed Al-Fayed when he owned Harrods, and designed by William Mitchell.
Nabila Khashoggi is an American businesswoman, actress, and philanthropist.
Fayed had risen from his lowly beginnings through his connection with the Kashoggi family, Saudis of far mixed Arab and Turkish descent, who owned their position to their connection with the rulers of Saudi Arabia. In 1954 he had married Samira, the sixteen-year-old sister of Adnan Kashoggi, his contemporary, son of the head of the family Dr Mohamed Kashoggi. Their son, Emad, always known as 'Dodi', had been born in 1955...