The Sultan bin Abd Al-Aziz Al-Saud Foundation is a Saudi-based philanthropic organization established in 1995 in Riyadh to provide social services and health care for the elderly and comprehensive rehabilitation programs for the disabled, and children with special needs, in addition to a number of ambitious housing, educational, and medical
programs. Its Board of Directors is chaired by its founder, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Within a few years of its establishment, the Sultan bin Abd Al-Aziz Al-Saud Foundation emerged as one of the largest of its kind in the world. Its accomplishments include establishment of the monumental Sultan bin Abdul Aziz’s City for Humanitarian Services, Humanitarian Housing Projects, Prince Sultan Center for Science and Technology, Special Education Program, Arab and Islamic Education Program at the University of California in Berkley and Medical and Educational Telecommunications Program (Medunet), King Abd Al-Aziz Center for Islamic Studies in Italy and Center for Hearing and Speech in collaboration with the Bahrain Society for Child Development. Furthermore, the Foundation provides direct financial support to many pre-existing philanthropic activities in the Kingdom and elsewhere.
Within a record short period, the Foundation emerged as one of the largest of its kind in the world. Some of its humanitarian ventures have already been accomplished, while many others are currently underway in Saudi Arabia and abroad. The Foundation’s accomplishments include the Sultan bin Abdul Aziz’s City for Humanitarian Services, Humanitarian Housing Projects, Center for Science and Technology, Special Education Program and Arab and Islamic Education Program at the University of California.
At the cost of SR 1.2 billion, the Sultan bin Abd Ai-Aziz City for Humanitarian Services is the biggest integrated medical rehabilitation facility in the world. Standing on 16 acres of land to the north of Riyadh, the City encompasses a complete medical diagnosis center, 18 operating theaters, 400 beds for the elderly, the handicapped and children with special needs, a recovery center, an education and training center and out-patient facilities.
The Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Humanitarian Housing Projects are built in Tabuk, Hail and the Southern Region. Each complex comprises 100 detached and fully furnished houses for homeless families, with full amenities and services, including mosques, schools, medical facilities and social centers.
The Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Science and Technology is a state-of-the-art facility in the city of Al-Khobar, eastern Saudi Arabia that seeks to encourage learning and enhance the technological capabilities of Saudi youth.
The Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Special Education Program was begun in 1996 at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain to support the training of specialists from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on latest advances in the rehabilitation of the physically or mentally handicapped.
The Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Arab and Islamic Studies Program at the University of California Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Berkley was launched in 1998 with a multimillion dollar endowment to support post-doctoral fellowships, visiting professorships, research and the construction of new quarters for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Berkley.