Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ben Abdulaziz Al Saud

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

King Abdullah grew up in the care of his father, the founder of the third Saudi state, the great King Abdulaziz Al Saud. In his comments, he remembers the events of that historic moment, a time of tribal and ideological conflicts in the Arabian Peninsula. It was also a time of political developments in the Arab homeland and elsewhere in the world, especially with the World War I and II.
That period led the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz to understand the effects of these political and ideological developments on the Arab psyche. They also brought profound geographical mutations in the Arab and Islamic homeland. These lessons will remain forever in King Abdullah's mind. They have shaped his deep sense of duty and understanding of the events he is confronted with daily, and the way he tries to solve them.

Early Life:
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was born in Riyadh in 1343 AH (i.e., 1924). He has experienced events that required imposed patience and endurance on him. That is why he has acquired an acute sense of religious discipline, and a responsible psychological and moral character. He also has an influential presence when interacting with people as well as an acute foresight. Reflected in his demeanor, his sense of logic and pragmatism always helps him convince his listener.

His Characteristics
He loves to live in simplicity. He always sees himself and behaves as an ordinary person. He despises arrogance and superiority. He always acts as modest man with transcending moral values, and keeps an open mind when dealing with others. He listens calmly when being spoken to. His answers are always calm, inspiring and brief. He always seeks to get to the truth and reject deception, and acts accordingly.

His Hobbies:
King Abdullah's first hobby is reading. He is quoted to say: "the book you read in the evening doesn't satisfy you more than the one you read in the morning. The modern world moves fast. Knowledge is constantly renewed not thrown away. Anyone who doesn't read the modern world and listen to it will find self alone in ignorance."
The Monarch's second hobby is his love for the desert, where he goes whenever he has some free time. His third hobby is horses; equestrian sports and horse riding. For him it is important to rejuvenate the original Arabian stock. Therefore he is keen on owning an outstanding collection of Arabian horses, and finding purebred racehorses and breeding them. Because this sport might disappear if nothing was done and the horse and the Arabian horse might lose its original racial purity and characteristics, he founded the Riyadh Equestrian Club and encouraged others to help maintain this sport in its original form for the horse was instrumental in the creation of Islamic States in the east and in the west.

HRH Most Important Accomplishments and Responsibilities
In 1383 AH (i.e., 1962), Prince Abdullah was appointed as the Commander of the National Guards, which consisted at the beginning of sons of dignitaries who supported and worked with King Abdulaziz in unifying the tribes and founding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This position had an active impact in consolidating the development and modernization of the country.
In 1395 AH (i.e., 1975), Abbdullah was appointed Second Deputy Prime Minister. On Sunday 21/08/1402 AH (i.e., June 13th, 1982), he was named Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister by the Royal Family, leading scholars, state dignitaries and the Saudi People. In the evening of the same day, a royal decree was issued naming him concomitantly the Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guards, in addition to his position as the Crown Prince.
He is known to display great interest in Arab and Muslim affairs, and believes in unity in right, unity in purpose, and unity in fate. He also believes that Islam is the strongest unifying pillar of Arab and Muslim nations.
To achieve these goals, he made many attempts to contain conflicts, to bridge the gap between opposing points of view. He has visited all Arab countries and Islamic nations to do his best in providing them with positive support. He was ascended to the throne of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 26/06/1426 AH.