"One of the most detailed and flattering descriptions of the King has been given by an Egyptian, Husain Muhammad Badawi, who came to Saudi Arabia as a member of an Egyptian Agricultural Mission:
"He is tall of frame and sound of body. His complexion is brown. Dignified of countenance, calm in manner, noble in character, he is a true Arab gentleman.
"Although he is gracious in society, he speaks little, but when he does speak his words carry weight. He often gives himself over to reflection and seldom grows angry, but when his anger is stirred it makes the earth shake. He is at once patient and bold, majestic and humble, for he detests hauteur and pride. Generous with his welcome, he listens to anyone who speaks to him, no matter what his station, and receives all of his visitors with a smile, making no distinction between those of high and low degree. Those who sit with him are charmed by the sweetness of his speech. A nobleman, he is the noblest of all the princes and kings of Arabia. He never turns aside one who asks anything of him. He looks after the distribution of his bounty himself, rarely relying on his courtiers to do this. His guests number more than three hundred daily, yet every one of them is placed at ease. All over the Kingdom he has set up ovens to supply bread to the poor, and any man can get two loaves a day if he shows that he is poor and unable to earn his living. He carries sacks of coins to be distributed to the needy during his travels. Wealth in his view is only a means to attain an end or to win good repute.