The House Of Saud is a name given to the royal family living in Saudi Arabia. Or you can say family of the mega-rich elite in Saudi Arabia, who are also known as a power play in Middle East politics. The Royal family has almost a century of dynastic history that started from Muhammad bin Saud, the first Saudi state king. The house of Saud is comprised of more than 15,000 descendant members, but not all share the same wealth and power. The family has received a massive amount of wealth from its oil company, Saudi Aramco.
The ruling Saudi family is renowned all over the world for its luxurious lifestyle and extravagant spending. We are sure you want to know more about their lavish lifestyle. So with that, here are ten things you did not know about The House Of Saud.
1.Rules For The Royals
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We know that the Royals of Saudi Arabia are famous for their extravagant lifestyles, and the laws of power are different for the royal family. They live in Saudi Arabia by their own laws, but in the meantime, the heirs are not allowed to break any rule. They have to assess it with the freedom not to offend the civilian population of the Kingdom. If any family member gets caught and does anything they shouldn’t do, they are expelled from the country to retain their power. In fact, there are many incidents present in the history in which princes are sentenced to severe punishments for breaking the laws.
2.Jails For The Princes
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Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is the youngest Prince in the royal family to step in a power position. He became the crown prince in 2017. Soon after getting the post, he asked for the arrest for the misconduct charges and potential resistance to the Crown of about 11 royal family members. As you know, Saudi Arabia’s courts have absolute authority over penalties because of the lack of legal standards and thus no specific form of appeal for criminals. But the rules are not the same for the royals. So, for the investigation process of the princes who refused to pay the bills, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud maintained a royal jail in one of his palaces in Saudi Arabia.
3.Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal
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Senior members of the royal family, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was also known as the “The Red Prince.” He was famous for his liberal views, and he was not concerned about the concept of a monarchy in Saudi Arabia. But his son, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, was famous for his lavish lifestyle. He owns a private et of worth $500 million. It is one of the most expensive and biggest private jets of the world, having a concert hall, a Turkish bath, and a luxury car garage.
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The second-born son of King Salman is Prince Sultan Bin Salman Al Saud. He is the first Muslim and also the first prince to visit space. When he was 28 years old, he flew on the American STS-51-G Discovery space mission as a payload expert. Prince Sultan Bin Salman Al Saud was a pilot, but after the death of his older brother, he became the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Space Agency.
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There is no parliament in Saudi Arabia. It is administered as an absolute monarchy. In fact, the country does not really hold any regular national elections, no parliamentarian, and no political party. According to the central law of the governess of Saudi Arabia,
“The rulers of the country shall be from amongst the sons of the founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Faisal Al-Saud, and their descendants.”
6.Royal Body Guards
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Security is taken as a key for the protection of the member of House of Saud, and you will never see any of them moving in public without a bodyguard. However, they have a specific way of ensuring the loyalty of their bodyguards. People for the security of the House of Saud are taken from the African countries while they’re quite young. They grow up with the princes to ensure loyalty and a deep bond with them. Most of them have built close connections with the princes that the royal have even hired bodyguards for their bodyguards.
7.Take Vacation Seriously
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The vacation stories of the members of the House of Saud are famous in the world. From shutting down the public beach for three weeks to, booking a whole Disneyland, to taking of 1000 of family and friends on private jets, we have a list of the fantastic expenditures of their vacations. But did you know that they take their customized cars with them as well? Well, Saudi royals have done this too. One of the Saudi Prince, Turki Bin Abdullah, has actually taken his customize gold plated luxury cars with him while traveling on a jet. This coasted him 30 thousand dollars. Quite a little amount for a prince, of course!
8.Extravagant spending Habits
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Like his ancestors, the current crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, is known for his rich spending habits. Soon after taking charge in 2017, the Crown Prince made the headlines of purchasing some of the most expensive things in the world. He had bought a $300 million French palace, a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting, Salvator Mundi, which is the most expensive painting in the world. His purchases did not end here as he bought a yacht right on the spot for $500 million when he was on a holiday trip to South Africa.
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9.It pays to be Royal
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Not all the members of the House of Saud depend on Saudi Aramco for their resources. Some of them have their own business ventures. But whether you have a specific source of revenue or not, you will get a direct deposit every month into your bank account if you are a part of the House of Saud. According to Wikileaks, the amount of money the members are receiving is increasing with the economy of Saudi Arabia.
10.Wealth And Power
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King Abdullah was famous for his decisive decisions, contribute to global peace and security. He was responsible for major political, fiscal, social, and cultural changes throughout his rule. It involves empowering women economically, offering international grants, developing urban communities, building special hospitals, and granting foreign scholarships to thousands of students. For his great decisions, he has been chosen as one of the most influential people in the world many times. But in 2013, King Abdullah was rated the 8th most powerful person in the world by Forbes.