HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein
Feisal Ibn Al-Hussein was born in October 1963, as the second son to His late Majesty King Hussein Ibn Talal and HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein (formerly Miss Tony Gardiner).
Feisal began his education in 1965 at the Islamic College in Amman, Jordan, He then joined his older brother, HRH Prince Abdullab (now HM King Abdullah II), at St Edmund's School in Surrey, England, in 1970. In 1971, Feisal began his studies in the United States, attending two years at Bement School in Deerfield, Massachusetts before joining his brother at Eaglebrook School (also in Deerfield, Massachusetts).Graduating from Eaglebrook in 1978, Feisal then completed his High-school, education at St Albans School in Washington DC, graduating in 1981. He obtained his Bachelors (BSc) degree from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island in Electronic Engineering (specializing in communications), graduating in 1985.
Feisal began his flying training while at university in 1982, obtaining his private pilot's License that summer. In 1983 be began his helicopter training with the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) and obtained his military flying wings the following summer. After graduating from university, Feisal immediately began his professional military training with the Royal Air Force (RAF) attending Initial Officer Training (earning his Commission in November 1985) and Basic Flying Training at the RAF College Cranwell, in Lincolnshire, England. He went on to complete his Advanced Flying Training at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales where he received his fast jet wings from His Majesty King Hussein in June 1987. Later that Year, Feisal went on to finish his last RAF flying course at the Tactical Weapons Unit, at Chivenor in Devon.
In the spring of 1988, Feisal joined No 17 Squadron Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) and began his conversion on to the Northrop F5E/F. He later qualified as an instructor and began instructing on OCU, in. the summer of 1989. Feisal was forced to temporarily discontinue flying after suffering from a slipped disc in December 1989. In the fall of 1990, Feisal was assigned to the directorate of Air Operations as a Staff Officer.
In spring of 1992, Feisal completed a ground instructor's course at King Hussein Air College, Mafraq, Jordan.
From November-December 1992, Feisal attended the Basic Staff Course (BSC) at RAF Staff College, Bracknell, England. He continued to work in the RJAF Directorate of Air Operations, in 1993, while resuming some
operational flying on the Northrop P-5 F, while attached to No.6 Squadron.
After successfully completing his Advanced Staff Course (ASC) in 1994, again at the RAF Staff College Bracknell, Feisal was assigned to the
Prince Hassan Ibn Talal Air Base in early 1995, where he assumed command of No.6 Squadron. After a year as a squadron commander, Feisal was reassigned to the Air Lift Wings in August 1996, where he assumed the post of Operational Officer. In November 1998, Feisal was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and in January 1999, became the Commander of a new, joint headquarters, Combat Support Command. In August 1999, Feisal was appointed as the Assistant for Operations and Air Defense in the Royal Jordanian Air Force, and in October 2001 was promoted to his present rank of Major General. Starting March 2002, Major Feisal assumed responsibility of the Chief of Air Staff of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
Starting 20th September 2004 HRH Prince Feisal was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and became the Assistant to the Chairman of
the joint Chief of staff for Air Force Affairs and Information Techinology.
Following his return from staff college, Feisal was asked by the Chairman
of Royal Jordanian, to consult on the establishment of a regional airline in Jordan. As a result of his work, the Board of Royal Jordanian appointed Feisal in December 1995 as a supervisor and Advisor to Royal Wings, its new subsidiary, where he continues to play an active role in the development of the regional airline.
Feisal's keen interest in flying has seen his involvement in all aspects of aviation in Jordan. He also regularly attends and has addressed international conferences on military and commercial aviation. He has been vocal in his views on regional Deregulation of commercial air travel.
Feisal enrolled in the International Executive Management Programme (a modular version of the International Sloan Programme) at London Business School in 1996 and completed his Masters of Management in July 1998. He has joined the regional Advisory Board for the Middle East at London Business School (LBS). He has also continued to advocate the adoption of best practice and has supported and attended two World Class events in Dubai, the third of which he will host in Jordan.
Feisal continues pursuing his interest in technology, especially in information technology, simulations and communications. He has also worked with the development of policy in Jordan's economic restructuring, being a strong proponent for liberalization.
Feisal has also headed the Higher Organizational Committee for the Special Forces Exhibition ( SOFEX 2000 ) held in Amman in April 2000 and April 2004.
HRH Prince Feisal currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mu'ta University, as well as Chairman of the King Abdullah II Award, for Distinction in Government performance and Transparency Council.
Feisal is also extensively involved in sports in the Kingdom. He led the efforts to transform the JOC into an NGO and ensured that the new statutes were in compliance with the IOC charter. In May 2003, Feisal was elected as the President of the new Jordan Olympic Committee and has embarked on restructuring sports in the kingdom, on the federation, club level, and even in educational institutions, focusing on a long-term strategy to achieve professionalism.
In March 1999, he was appointed as the head the higher Organizing Committee for the Ninth Pan Arab Games held in Jordan, August 1999, which involved participation of 4,500 Athletes from 21 nations, in 28 games for males and 19 games for females. In 2001 Feisal chaired the Higher Organizing Committee of the first Arab Games for Schools in Handball and Track & Field which was hosted in Amman in September of that year.
Feisal is also currently Chairman of the Motor Sport Executive Council, he was previously appointed as Head of the Committee for Motor Sport. In addition, he is President of the Jordanian Gliding Club.
Feisal has practiced various sports and was an active participant throughout his life. Sports practiced include, football, tennis, volleyball, skiing, co-driver (motor racing) and was the Wrestling Gold Medallist in the Interstate Championships, 1978 in the USA. He continues to practice some sports.
Fiesal married Miss Alia Tabbaa, the daughter of a prominent Jordanian business man in August 1987. They have one daughter, Princess Ayah born in February 1990, a son, Prince Omar, born in October, 1993 and were blessed with twin daughters in March 1997, Princesses Sara and Aisha.
Feisal and Alia enjoy spending time with their children, playing tennis, and other outdoor activities. They have represented Jordan internationally and presently reside in Amman, Jordan.