Khalid bin Abdul Aziz
(1912 - 1982)
Khalid bin Abdul Aziz was King of Saudi Arabia from the assassination
of King Faisal in 1975
until his own death in 1982.
Khalid was named Crown Prince in 1965, after his older
brother (and only full brother) Muhammad bin Abdul Aziz declined a place
in the succession. He decided to bring in foreign labour to help with
the country's development. A relatively easygoing but pious man, like
many members of the House of Saud, he died of a heart attack. He had
purchased a Boeing 747 with an operating room should he be stricken
while on his travels. He was succeeded by his brother Crown Prince Fahd.
Notable achievements included the institution of the second "Five-Year
Plan" in Saudi history, which aimed to build up Saudi infastructure
and healthcare. He also called numerous summits and inaugurated the
Gulf Co-operation Council in 1981.
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh was named
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