Asharq Alawsat runs a brief profile of Prince Muqrin, recently named Second Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. This position has traditionally been one that serves as a holding position for the next to be named Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister.
Profile: Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, is the 35th son of founder King Abdul Aziz Al Saud. He was born in the city of Riyadh in 1945, and grew up in the care of his father King Abdul Aziz, may he rest in peace, studying at the Riyadh Model Institute.
After graduation, Prince Muqrin joined the Saudi Royal Air Force in 1964. He went on to study in Britain, graduating in 1968 at the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
In 1969 Prince Muqrin began advanced training courses on fighter jets at Dhahran Air Force base; serving as Commander of the 2nd Air Squadron between 1970 and 1973. In 1974, Prince Muqrin joined the General Staff course in the US where he earned a diploma (equivalent to a Masters). In 1977, he was appointed assistant to director of air operations and head of plans and operations division in the Saudi Royal Air Force.
In 1980, King Khalid bin Abdulaziz appointed Prince Muqrin Emir of Hail province at the age of 35. He remained in this position for 20 years, until King Fahd bin Abdulaziz issued a royal decree appointing him as Emir of Medina in 1999, succeeding his brother Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz.