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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), categorized as a World Bank high-income economy with a high Human Development Index, is the only Arab country to be part of the G-20 major economies. Not surprisingly, it is the homeland of several billionaires like businessman Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi who is one of the richest Saudi Arabian citizens in the world and the second richest black person in the world. Another millionaire Maan Abdul Wahed Al-Sanea is famous not just for his vast fortunes, but also for the several educational and charitable facilities he founded. Also famous for its intellectuals and Islamic scholars, the nation has produced the likes of diplomat and author Ghazi Abdul Rahman Al Gosaibi who was considered among Saudi Arabia's topmost technocrats since the mid-1970s. Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, an Islamic scholar and a leading proponent of the Salafi form of Islam served as the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999. Even though the nation is known for its limitations on women’s rights, women like Samia al-Amoudi, Samira Khashoggi, and Wajeha al-Huwaider have challenged the patriarchal society to emerge as successful professionals in diverse fields. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Saudi Arabians.
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Prophet Muhammad
(Founder of Islam)
Prophet Muhammad
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0571 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Hejaz, Arabia
Died: June 8, 0632

Prophet Muhammad was an Arab religious, political, and social leader. He is credited with founding the world's second-largest religion, Islam. He is believed to have been sent to preach and confirm the teachings of other prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. He is also believed to have received revelations from God, which form the verses of the Quran.

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Osama Bin Laden
(Terrorist)
Osama Bin Laden
126
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 2, 2011
Osama Bin Laden, former leader of the international terrorist organization Al Qaeda, had orchestrated the September 11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, among others. The attacks led to the U.S.’s War on Terror, and Laden was eventually tracked down and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011.
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Ali ibn Abi Talib
(1st Shia Imam (632-661))
Ali ibn Abi Talib
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0600 AD
Birthplace: Kaaba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: January 28, 0661

Ali ibn Abi Talib was the son-in-law and a cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He played a key role in establishing the Muslim community by participating in almost all the battles that the nascent community fought. He ruled as the fourth caliph and is revered by Shia Muslims even today.

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Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
(King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia)
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Birthdate: December 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been reigning as the King of Saudi Arabia since 23 January 2015. An important political figure, Salman also served as the Minister of Defense from 5 November 2011 to 23 January 2015. Salman also served as the Governor of Riyadh Province on two occasions; from 1956 to 1960 and again from 1963 to 2011.

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Abu Bakr
(1st Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate (632-634))
Abu Bakr
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Birthdate: October 27, 0573
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: August 23, 0634

Abu Bakr was a companion and father-in-law of the founder of Islam, Muhammad. After Muhammad's death, Bakr played an important role in leading the Muslims as the first Rashidun Caliph. Under Abu Bakr’s leadership, the Muslim state expanded over the entire Arabian peninsula. Abu Bakr's work during his reign eventually led to the Muslim conquests of the Levant and Persia.

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Hassan Jameel
(Billionaire Businessman, Ex-Boyfriend of Rihanna)
Hassan Jameel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia

Hassan Jameel is a Saudi businessman and the current Vice Chairman and Deputy President of Abdul Latif Jameel's Saudi Arabia wing. He handles the international conglomerate business' operations, such as machinery, real estate, and automotive in Saudi Arabia. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hassan Jameel works towards assisting job-seekers and promotes safety and health in Saudi Arabia.

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Ibn Saud
(King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53))
Ibn Saud
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Birthdate: January 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: November 9, 1953

Ibn Saud, or King Abdulaziz, was the founder and first monarch of Saudi Arabia. He oversaw the discovery of petroleum and the subsequent oil production in his country. He annexed the kingdoms of central and northern Arabia and ruled for over 20 years. He sired countless children, including 45 sons.

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Mohammed bin Salman
(Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia)
Mohammed bin Salman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jeddah
Mohammed bin Salman is the Crown Prince, deputy prime minister, and defense minister of Saudi Arabia. He launched the Vision 2030 program, removed the ban on female drivers, and curtailed the powers of the religious forces. However, he is known as an autocratic ruler and brutally assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 
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Al-Waleed bin Talal
(Business magnate)
Al-Waleed bin Talal
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh
Saudi Arabian businessman and philanthropist Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud is part of the Saudi royal family. Son of The Red Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, he founded the conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company. Named by Time as the Arabian Warren Buffett, he was also arrested for corruption once.
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Khalid ibn al-Walid
(Arab Muslim General Who Was a Part of the Islamic Expansion under Prophet Muhammad)
Khalid ibn al-Walid
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0592 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0642 AD

Arab Muslim army general Khalid ibn al-Walid had a prominent role in the the Ridda Wars against Arab rebels and in the campaigns in Sasanian Iraq and Byzantine Syria. He was a major figure in the Islamic expansion under the Prophet Muhammad and his successors, Abu Bakr and Umar.

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Faisal of Saudi Arabia
(King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75))
Faisal of Saudi Arabia
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Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: March 25, 1975

Faisal of Saudi Arabia was King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. He was the son of King Abdulaziz and his wife, Tarfa. During his father’s reign, he was given numerous responsibilities of political significance. After coming to power, he implemented a series of modern reforms and issued a decree for the total abolition of slavery. 

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Husayn ibn Ali
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0626
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: September 30, 0680
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Ibn Khaldun
(Sociologist, Philosopher, and Historian)
Ibn Khaldun
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Birthdate: May 27, 1332
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
Died: March 16, 1406

Ibn Khaldun was an Arab scholar, philosopher, social scientist, and historian. He is often credited with founding the modern disciplines of sociology, historiography, economics, and demography. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of the medieval period.

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Muhammad(Religious leader)
(Religious leader)
Muhammad(Religious leader)
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 22, 0571
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: June 8, 0632
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Fatimah bint Muhammad
(Daughter of Muḥammad)
Fatimah bint Muhammad
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0615 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: August 18, 0632
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Aisha bint Abu Bakr
(Muhammad's wife)
Aisha bint Abu Bakr
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0605 AD
Birthplace: Mecca
Died: July 13, 0678
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Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
(Former King of Saudi Arabia)
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
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Birthdate: August 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (now Saudi Arabia)
Died: January 23, 2015
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, or Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, was the king of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 2005 to 2015. One of King Abdulaziz’s sons, he also led the Saudi Arabian National Guard. He was once the world’s third-wealthiest head of state.
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Khadīja bint Khuwaylid
(First Wife of Muhammad ibn Abdullah)
Khadīja bint Khuwaylid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0555 AD
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia
Died: November 22, 0619

Khadīja bint Khuwaylid was the first wife of Muhammad ibn Abdullah, the founder of Islam. She is also widely regarded as Muhammad's first follower. A successful businesswoman, Khadīja is an important female figure in the Islamic tradition and is counted among the four ladies of heaven. Khadīja bint Khuwaylid is often referred to as The Mother of Believers by Muslims.

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Hasan ibn Ali
(2nd Shia Imam (661-670))
Hasan ibn Ali
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Birthdate: December 1, 0624
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: April 2, 0670

Hasan ibn Ali was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. He was born to Muhammad's daughter Fatimah and Ali. Hasan is often referred to as the second Imam by the Shia Muslims. He was known for his kindness, knowledge, bravery, and tolerance.

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Fahd of Saudi Arabia
(The Longest-Reigning King of Saudi Arabia (1982 - 2005))
Fahd of Saudi Arabia
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Birthdate: March 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: August 1, 2005

Fahd of Saudi Arabia, the eighth son of Saudi king Abdulaziz, started his career as a politician and served as the minister of education and the minister of interior of Saudi Arabia. He then reigned as the king and prime minister of Saudi Arabia for more than 2 decades, becoming the longest-reigning Saudi king.

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Uthman
(The Third Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate and the Son-in-Law of Prophet Muhammad)
Uthman
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Birthdate: 0576 AD
Birthplace: Taif, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 17, 0656
Uthman, also known as Osman, was the second cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad served as the third caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. An affluent merchant of the Umayyad clan, he became the Prophet’s first convert of a high social class. He died fighting Egyptian rebels.
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Jamal Khashoggi
(Journalist)
Jamal Khashoggi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 2, 2018
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Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel
(Saudi Arabian Princess)
Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Princess Ameera al-Taweel is a Saudi Arabian philanthropist. A former princess, Ameera was married to Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal al Saud. While being married to Al-Waleed bin Talal, Ameera served as the vice-chairperson of the Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation. In 2012, she was honored by the Middle East Excellence Award Institute with the Woman Personality of the Year Award.

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Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud
(Former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia)
Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jeddah

Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud is Saudi Arabia's former crown prince. The grandson of King Abdulaziz, the founder and first king of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Nayef served as the first deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia. On 6 March 2020, Muhammad bin Nayef was arrested and charged with treason. His well-being and whereabouts are currently unknown.

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AnEsonGib
(YouTube Star)
AnEsonGib
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Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: July 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Saud of Saudi Arabia
(King of Saudi Arabia (1953-64))
Saud of Saudi Arabia
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Birthdate: January 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Died: February 23, 1969
Modernization of his country’s educational and medical facilities was the chief aim of Saudi Arabian king Saud, son of Ibn Saud. However, amid internal conflict and tension in his country, he was deposed while abroad for medical treatment, and his brother, Faisal took over as the new king.
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Muawiyah I
(Founder of the Umayyad Caliphate)
Muawiyah I
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0602 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0680 AD
Muawiyah I, founder of the Umayyad dynasty of caliphs, is remembered in history for conquering Egypt and crushing Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law. He reigned over Damascus until his death in 680, following which a tug-of-war over succession led to the Second Muslim Civil War.
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Ja'far al-Sadiq
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 23, 0702
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: February 14, 0765
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Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab
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Birthdate: 1703 AD
Birthplace: Al Uyaynah, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 22, 1792
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Abdullah I of Jordan
(King of Jordan (1946 - 1951))
Abdullah I of Jordan
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Birthdate: February 2, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 20, 1951

Abdullah I of Jordan reigned as the King of Jordan from 25 May 1946 until his assassination on 20 July 1951. Prior to his service as the king of Jordan, Abdullah I of Jordan served as the Emir of Transjordan from 11 April 1921 to 25 May 1946.

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Adnan Khashoggi
(Businessman)
Adnan Khashoggi
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 6, 2017
Adnan Khashoggi was a Saudi businessman and arms dealer who became famous for his lavish lifestyle. He was said to be a middleman in the Iran–Contra affair and was also once arrested for his alleged association with the Imelda Marcos affair. He owned the investment company Triad International.
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Khalid of Saudi Arabia
(King of Saudi Arabia)
Khalid of Saudi Arabia
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Birthdate: February 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: June 13, 1982

Khalid of Saudi Arabia reigned as the king of Saudi Arabia from 1975 until his death in 1982. One of the sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, Khalid represented the country abroad as a diplomat. In 1943, he played a key role in establishing diplomatic relations between the United States of America and Saudi Arabia.

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Umar
(Second Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate)
Umar
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Birthdate: 0586 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: November 3, 0644

Umar was one of the most influential and powerful Muslim caliphs in history. The father-in-law of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, Umar reigned as the second Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate from 634 to 644. During his reign, the Rashidun Caliphate expanded immensely, ruling the Sasanian Empire and much of the Byzantine Empire. Umar is revered in the Sunni tradition. 

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Ali ibn Hussayn
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 4, 0659
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kufa
Died: October 20, 0713
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Abu Talib ibn ‘Abdu’l-Muttalib
(Chief of Banu Hashim clan of Quraysh)
Abu Talib ibn ‘Abdu’l-Muttalib
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0535 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0619 AD
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Malik ibn Anas
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 0711 AD
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0795 AD
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Loujain Alhathloul
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Faisal I of Iraq
(King of Iraq (1921-33))
Faisal I of Iraq
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Birthdate: May 20, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: September 8, 1933
Faisal I, the first king of Iraq, led a new wave of Arab nationalism during World War I. Son of the Grand Sharif of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali, Faisal united the Shias and Sunnis. His friendship with Britain led to several treaties, including Iraq’s membership in the League of Nations.
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Talal of Jordan
(King of Jordan Who Was Forced to Abdicate due to His Mental Illness)
Talal of Jordan
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Birthdate: February 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 7, 1972

Part of the Hashemite dynasty, Talal of Jordan reigned as the king of Jordan for a little over a year in the 1950s. The only son of Abdullah I, the first king of Jordan, he was forced to abdicate due to his mental illness. He died in a sanatorium in Istanbul.

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Abu Sufyan ibn Harb
(A Distant Kinsman and Leading Opponent Turned Companion of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam)
Abu Sufyan ibn Harb
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0565 AD
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0623 AD
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Melora Walters
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Birthdate: October 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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Omar bin Laden
(Saudi-Arabian Author, Artist, Businessman, and Cultural Ambassador)
Omar bin Laden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Omar bin Laden is a Saudi-Arabian author, artist, businessman, and cultural ambassador. Omar, who has been living in France for several years now, achieved popularity when he made contributions to a book titled Growing Up bin Laden. The book, which was published in 2009, recollects his time with his father Osama bin Laden.

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Umar II
(Eighth Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate)
Umar II
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Birthdate: November 2, 0682
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0720 AD

Umar II reigned as the eighth Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate from 717 to 720 CE. Described as the most devout and pious of the Umayyad rulers, Umar II is credited with making various important contributions to the society. During his rule, the Islamic faith was accepted by large segments of the population of Egypt and Persia.

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Saad bin Laden
(Terrorist)
Saad bin Laden
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Died: 2009 AD
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Hamza bin Laden
(Terrrorist)
Hamza bin Laden
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Died: 2019 AD
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Abd al-Malik
(Fifth Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate)
Abd al-Malik
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Birthdate: 0644
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 9, 0705

Abd al-Malik reigned as the fifth Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate from 12 April 685 until his demise on 9 October 705. Abd al-Malik is often counted among the most celebrated caliphs by historians. Prior to his accession, Abd al-Malik held military and administrative posts under Caliph Mu'awiya I and Caliph Marwan I.

Hussein bin Ali Sharif of Mecca
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Birthdate: 1853 AD
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: June 4, 1931
Hussein bin Ali Sharif had been the emir of Mecca and the king of Hejaz. While leading the Arab rebellion against the Ottomans, he had declared himself the “king of the Arab countries.” Later, he proclaimed himself the caliph but had to abdicate in the face of Ibn Saud’s attack.
Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riyadh
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Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud
(Saudi Prince and Former Royal Saudi Air Force Pilot)
Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sultan bin Salman Al Saud is a Saudi prince best known for his service as a fighter pilot in the Royal Saudi Air Force. A payload specialist, Sultan flew aboard one of NASA's Space Shuttle missions. The first Arab and the first Muslim in space, Sultan has been honored with many prestigious awards, including the NASA Space Flight Medal. 

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Marwan I
(The First Marwanid Caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate)
Marwan I
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Birthdate: March 28, 0623
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: May 7, 0685

The first Marwanid caliph of the Umayyad dynasty and the fourth Umayyad caliph, Marwan I initially governed Medina and the Hejaz. His short rule was marked by internal conflict for the caliphate. Old and in poor health at the time of his accession to the throne, he died within a year.