Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Sattam bin Abdulaziz
Governor of Riyadh Province
In office5 November 2011 12 February 2013
Predecessor Salman bin Abdulaziz
Successor Khalid bin Bandar
Monarch King Abdullah
Deputy Governor of Riyadh Province
In office1979 5 November 2011
Successor Muhammad bin Saad
Monarch King Khalid
King Fahd
King Abdullah
Born21 January 1941
Died12 February 2013(2013-02-12) (aged 72)
Burial13 February 2013
SpouseSheikha bint Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman
Full name
Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Religion Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

Sattam bin Abdulaziz (21 January 1941 12 February 2013) was one of the senior members of the House of Saud and the 12th governor of the Riyadh Province. [1]

House of Saud the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia

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Early life and education

Prince Sattam was born in Riyadh on 21 January 1941. [2] [3] He was the 30th son of King Abdulaziz. [4] His mother was Mudhi Al Sudairi. [5] He was the youngest and last surviving member of all of his full siblings - Prince Majid, Princess Sultana, and Princess Haya. [5]

Riyadh Capital city in Saudi Arabia

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Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was a member of House of Saud and served in different cabinet positions as well as Mecca governor.

Sattam bin Abdulaziz began his early study in the Princes' School school in Riyadh and later joined Al Anjaal institute. [6] He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of San Diego, graduating in 1965. [2] [7] He received an honorary doctorate from the same university on 25 May 1975. [6]

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Sattam bin Abdulaziz was the former deputy governor of Riyadh from 1979 [2] to 2011. [8] Prince Mohammad bin Saad succeeded him in the post. [9] On 5 November 2011, Prince Sattam was appointed governor of Riyadh Province. [10] He was the 12th governor of Riyadh and replaced Prince Salman, who was appointed defense minister. [1]


In March 2012, Sattam bin Abdulaziz stated that single men would not be prevented from visiting malls in Riyadh on evenings and weekends. Previously, they were only allowed into malls at lunch time on weekdays. [11]

Other positions

Prince Sattam was a member of the following committees: "Chairman of insolvent prisoners release committee; Deputy chairman of the executive committee of Saudization; Deputy chairman of the executive association of developing Riyadh; Deputy chairman of the board of directors of water and sanitation association at Riyadh Province; Deputy chairman of the board of directors of Al-Berr association at Riyadh; Deputy chairman of the committee of prince Salman project for charity housing; Deputy chairman of Ibn Baz charity for helping youth to marry; Deputy chairman of the orphans care association board at Riyadh region; Chairman of the local committee for gathering donations for Kosovo and Chechnya Muslims at Riyadh region; Deputy chairman of the civil defense committee; Honorary deputy chairman of the patients’ friends committee at Riyadh region; Deputy chairman of the renal failure patients care association at Riyadh region." [2] [6]


Prince Sattam was a recipient of the King Abdulaziz cordon from the first class which is considered the highest order in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [12]

Personal life

Sattam bin Abdulaziz was married to Sheikha bint Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman. His children are Hala, Abdulaziz, Najla and Faisal. [13] One of his daughters, Najla, is married to Abdulaziz bin Majid. [14] Prince Sattam donated his organs, being the first Saudi royal in this regard. [15]

Death and funeral

On 12 February 2013, Prince Sattam died at the age of 72 following a lengthy illness in Riyadh. [7] A funeral prayer was performed for him at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on 13 February 2013. [16] The prayer, led by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al al Shiekh, was also attended by King Abdullah and other senior princes and officials. [15] [17] Then his body was taken to Jeddah and was buried at the Al Adl cemetery in Mecca as per his will. [17] [18] [19]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Salman bin Abdulaziz
Governor of Riyadh Province
Succeeded by
Khalid bin Bandar