Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah

Position: Commander, Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG)

Biography: Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the most high-profile of King Abdullah’s many children. In November 2010, he was appointed commander of SANG, a military unit that is separate from the Defence Ministry and reports directly to the king.

He is considered a strong candidate for taking on a more prominent role in the leadership of the country and his appointment as the head of SANG is viewed as being part of King Abdullah’s moves to prepare him for more responsibility in the future. After being appointed commander of SANG, he launched a $3bn investment in the force to upgrade its capabilities.

The role also gives Prince Mutaib the rank of minister. He has continued to be a close adviser to his father and a follower of his doctrine of slow, but steady reform. He was educated at the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

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