Saudi Arabia: Prince Sattam’s Passing Leaves Void In Kingdom
Riyadh Gov. Prince Sattam, 72, passed away yesterday, the Royal Court announced.
Funeral prayers for the late prince will be performed after Asr at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque here today.
The late Prince Sattam was appointed Deputy Governor of Riyadh in 1978. Subsequently, Prince Sattam succeeded his brother, the then-Governor Prince Salman, who became the minister of defense, on Nov. 5, 2011.
Prince Sattam’s body will be buried at Al-Adel Graveyard in Makkah in response to his last wish, an official statement said.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will receive condolences on the death of Prince Sattam at his palace in Arqa between Maghreb and Isha on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Prince Sattam was one of the senior members of the royal family and 30th son of King Abdul Aziz, the Kingdom’s founder.
He began his early education at Prince’s School in Riyadh. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego in 1965. Later, the same university given him a honorary doctorate degree in May 1975.
The prince had been in the forefront of many developmental and humanitarian activities. Some positions included chairman of insolvent prisoners release committee; deputy chairman of the executive committee of Saudization; deputy chairman of the Riyadh Development Authority; deputy chairman of the board of directors of Al-Birr charitable society in Riyadh; deputy chairman of Prince Salman Charitable Housing Program; and deputy chairman of Ibn Baz charity to help youth to get married.
He was the deputy chairman of the Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans; chairman of the local committee for gathering donations for Kosovo and Chechnya Muslims; deputy chairman of the civil defense committee; honorary deputy chairman of the patients’ friends committee in the Riyadh region; deputy chairman of the Charitable Society for the Care of Renal Failure Patients.
During his tenure, Prince Sattam attended several functions organized by government agencies. He was also popular among the government and diplomatic circles. He attended National Day celebrations of the various countries as chief guest.
A large crowd from the members of the royal family, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and others are expected to attend the funeral today.