Saudi Prince Abdullah al-Faisal bin Abdel-Aziz, the eldest son of the late King Faisal and the brother of Foreign Minister Prince Saud, has died at the age of 88 after a prolonged illness, the royal court said Tuesday. Prince Abdullah, 88, was buried late Tuesday following funeral prayers at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca attended by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel-Aziz, Prince Saud and his brother Prince Khaled, along with other members of the royal family.
Prince Abdullah was a poet whose work was translated into English and French among other languages. His first collection of poems was published in 1953 and a second edition appeared in 1982.
He served as the kingdom's minister of health from 1949 to 1950 and minister of interior from 1951 to 1959.
He later abandoned his work in the government and devoted his time to business and cultural pursuits.
He was one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation, which gives out the King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Service, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine and Science.
On Wednesday, King Abdullah received letters of condolences from across the region including from Bahrain, Kuwait and Iran.
The death of Prince Abdullah came days after the kingdom mourned another prominent prince, Abdel-Majid bin Abdel-Aziz, the governor of the key Mecca region.
Seen as close to King Abdullah, Prince Abdel-Majid was one of 44 sons of Saudi Arabia's founder, King Abdel-Aziz bin Saud. - The Daily Star