Princess Haifa Bint Faisal is the daughter of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia
who was killed by King Fahd in 1975 through a thick plot whose reverbations will be heard for many generations to
come. Princess Haifa also happens to be the wife of our friend Ambassador
to the U.S. Bandar bin Sultan.
Princess Haifa's kindness and generosity has left roads paved with goodwill
wherever she goes. Her life has touched many people whose lives otherwise
would have gone with the wind. As the wife of the Dean of Ambassadors in
Washington (Bandar is the oldest Ambassador in washington and has earned
that title for no reason other than that), it has befallen upon her to
show Saudi Arabia through the eyes of an educated woman. And what a job
she has done. Respected and revered in the highest circles, Princess haifa
shows her father's traits and sophistication everywhere she goes.
King Faisal championed the education of women in Saudi Arabia when,
against the will of the ulema's, he inaugurated the first girls'
schools in that country. Without Faisal, women in Saudi Arabia may still
be uneducated and more subservient to the male dominated society. Many
educated women in Saudi Arabia are thankful for the vision and the will
of King Faisal. That vision and will has passed unto the family to render
Princess Haifa a humble yet highly intelligent woman that is able to see
that women's rights in Saudi Arabia are a fait accompli only if
a peaceful struggle is organized and conducted.
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