King of Saudi Arabia is Mac User

Monday, October 19, 2009
By OP Editor

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is King of Saudi Arabia. He has a net worth of $21 billion as of 2008. King Abdullah is a Mac user who uses Mac with Apple Cinema Display in the royal palace.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah attending opening ceremony for the OPEC Summit in Riyadh, 2007

Being king of world’s leading petroleum exporter does have some benefits. Not only is he a billionaire, King Abdullah also gets to use a Mac in his office at the royal palace.

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is Mac user, with Apple Cinema Display at royal palace

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has meet many world leaders. In 1976, as Prince, Abdullah met with U.S. President Gerald Ford.

More recently in June 2009, the Saudi King hosted U.S. President Barack Obama in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Obama visited Saudi Arabia as part of the mission to develop key partnerships with middle east leaders.

U.S. President Barack Obama, with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, at King Khalid International Airport June 3 2009 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Red carpet ceremony welcoming U.S President Barack Obama.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with U.S. President Barack Obama

Air Force One in the background at King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with U.S. President Barack Obama and Air Force One

King Abdullah with U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Saudi Arabia King Abdullah with U.S. President Bill Clinton

Here is King Abdullah meeting with Pope Benedict at Vatican. This is the first official meeting between a pope, leader of the Catholic Church, and a Saudi monarch, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques considered to be at the center of the Islamic world.
Pope Benedict Meets Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud at Vatican

Saudi Arabia Reforms

King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia has implemented some reforms in the ultra-conservative Islamic state.

Recently, the mutawa’in, powerful religious police in Saudi Arabia had mounted a very unpopular campaign to prevent Saudis from any celebration of Valentine’s day. This results with King Abdallah replacing the hard-line head of mutawa’in, with a more moderate cleric on Valentine’s day, February 14, 2009. On that day the Saudi King also appointed a woman to be Prince Faysal’s deputy minister for girls’ education, the first woman to be appointed to such a level in Saudi government.

The Saudi King had also implemented shakeup of country’s power structure as well. Perhaps it will result in some positive change in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia first coed university KAUST. The king declared that the school will be a "beacon of tolerance."

Mac: The platform fit for a king [tuaw]
Pope Benedict Meets Saudi King at Vatican [New York Times]
Saudi king orders long overdue reforms [Middle East Perspectives, Rick Francona]

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