Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, adviser to the Royal Court

Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban
Updated 05 September 2019
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Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, adviser to the Royal Court

  • In 1979, Al-Aiban graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering

Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban was recently appointed by royal decree as an adviser to the Royal Court.
King Salman issued a number of decrees on Aug. 30, including the creation of the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, and of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence, among other important appointments. Al-Aiban expressed his gratitude to the king and the crown prince for appointing him as an adviser to the Royal Court.
Al-Aiban was born in Riyadh in 1954. He is a former member of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council.
Earlier, Al-Aiban served as the president of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission, from his appointment in 2009 until Aug. 2019.
In 1979, Al-Aiban graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.
He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, political science and international relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (1996). His other experiences include working for the Saudi Arabian National Guard as undersecretary of the national guard for the western sector.
Al-Aiban also worked in the Saudi National Guard office in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington.
In a recent meeting, the Saudi Cabinet said that the royal decrees reflect the Kingdom’s keenness to develop various sectors in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan.


King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

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King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

  • Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz
  • The rapper, singer, designer, model and now actor considers himself a 'Saudi ambassador of arts to the US' 

RIYADH: With his long dreadlocked hair, handsome Arabian looks and a quiet disposition, Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.”

His family history runs deep with the Al-Saud family. “My great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz,” Rakan told Arab News.  

His family’s lineage goes back to the days of King Abdulaziz as they are considered the official “Al-Arda” dance performers. They have been performing the pre-war and celebratory dance for over a century, before the founding of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His uncle, Salah Abdulwahid, is featured in the movie, as the main Al-Arda performer.

The Saudi actor felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom, not only physically resembling the king, but also embodying his charisma.

Before the shooting of the movie, he began reading up on anything he could get his hands on to learn more about the founder’s personality, to try and pefect his character and do him justice on the big screen.

Born in the US and raised in the Kingdom, and an avid athlete in his youth, he was a soccer player until he broke his hip in a tournament.

The multitalented actor not only shines through on the big screen, but is a rapper, singer, model and designer. As a lover of the arts in all forms, he believes that culture can build bridges across the world.

He has vowed to represent his country in a positive manner while breaking stereotypes about Saudi Arabia. He also speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

The actor obtained four degrees in just 7 years, having majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business and math from Northeastern University.

He later continued his education and received his master’s in engineering project management and an MBA certificate in global supply chain management. However, that didn’t stop him from taking law classes at Harvard for a semester.

As a child he would write 300-page stories, cooked passionately and danced with abandonment.

He returned to his homeland to play one of the most influential people in the Kingdom’s history: Its founder King Abdul Aziz.