King Abdullah awarded this year’s King Faisal Prize for Service to Islam

January 6, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has been named the winner of this year’s King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam.

Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz made the announcement yesterday after chairing a meeting of the prize’s selection committee.

King Abdullah was selected for the prize based on his leadership and accomplishments in Saudi Arabia and abroad. In the Kingdom, his achievements include the establishment of the King Abdullah Economic City, the creation of 10 universities, the expansion of the holy sites and the establishment of the Human Rights Commission as well as the Center for Dialogue. The King has also demonstrated a commitment to Arab and Islamic issues, particularly the situation in Palestine and Arab unity.